Cutting Crime and Budgets

An ALEC Policy Initiative

Keeping dangerous criminals off the street is a core government responsibility. Due to tough economic times, cutting budgets is demanded of almost every legislator. Yet corrections is the second fastest growing budget item behind only Medicaid at more than $50 billion a year—and nearly one out of every 100 adults is now behind bars. To help state legislators respond to budget demands, while protecting public safety in their communities, ALEC has approved sound model legislation to help cut crime and budgets in your state.

To receive more information, please contact Cara Sullivan at 202-742-8513 or


The Prison Overcrowding Web Initiative is the only complete database of all 50 states’ corrections costs and prison population numbers.