Across the country, states have dealt with budget pressures by reducing their prison populations. But early release and expanded parole programs have put more convicted felons back on the streets, fueling growing controversy and concerns about public safety.


  • Abbe Smith Professor of law and co-director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship program at Georgetown University; author of "Case of a Lifetime."
  • Patricia Caruso Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections. She is also the president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.
  • Scott Burns Executive director, National District Attorneys Association.
  • Adam Gelb Director, the Public Safety Performance Project at The Pew Center on the States.
  • Nina Salarno-Ashford Lawyer and victims rights advocate.

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