Decisions, Decisions What Policymakers Need to Know About Cost-Benefit Analysis

Craig Prins, executive director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, and Sarah Galgano, policy analyst at the Vera Institute of Justice, discuss how to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to inform justice policy decisions. Drawing on examples from Craig's work in Oregon, the presentation explores the role of CBA in policy decisions as well as questions policymakers should ask about CBA results.


Increasing Prison Wages to Dollars Just Makes Sense

Since the early 80s, New York State prison wages have remained the same, despite the ever-increasing prices of food, postage, products, and other needed items. Why is this so?

During the past 22 years of my incarceration, I’ve witnessed many changes in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS). Some—like providing incarcerated individuals with tablets—have been enhancements that maintain family ties and strengthen relationships. Others—like the addition of “quick chill” food prod ...

  • Walter Ball
February 07, 2023