In the past six years, nearly 200 prisoners, mostly geriatric men convicted of rape and murder, have been set free in Maryland.
Only one of them has been arrested again, researchers for the Justice Policy Institute have found.
The Washington, D.C., nonprofit is pointing to those released under Maryland’s landmark Unger ruling as proof that prison reform could save taxpayers millions of dollars without compromising public safety.
“We literally have prisons that are functioning as very expensive nursing homes,” said Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute. “There’s a better way to do this.”