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Smart Decarceration

Smart decarceration strategies have emerged from widespread acknowledgment that U.S. incarceration rates excessively high, but what do those strategies entail?

In this Encyclopedia of Social Work article, Carrie Pettus discusses mass incarceration and the context that produced it, as well as decarceration approaches and the work ahead.

Promoting smart decarceration has been identified as one of the grand challenges for social work.

Project: Decarceration


Pettus, C., (2021). Smart decarceration. In C. Franklin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of social work. National Association of Social Workers & Oxford University Press.