Grand Challenges for Social Work Social Justice Smart Decarceration Report

Guideposts for the Era of Smart Decarceration

Despite the expansion of efforts to reduce jail and prison populations and reform criminal justice policy and practice, a comprehensive, inclusive, and actionable approach has been relatively absent from the conversation. Such an approach is only possible if criminal justice stakeholders agree upon the foundational objectives that can generate lasting decarceration. In this report, we offer guideposts and actionable strategies for the era of smart decarceration in America.

Project: Decarceration


Pettus-Davis, C., Epperson, M., & Grier, A. (2017, February). Guideposts for the era of smart decarceration [Report]. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University College of Social Work, Institute for Justice Research and Development, Washington University Center for Social Development, and University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.