Public Opinion Poll Findings on Jails and Local Justice Systems

March 16, 2017
Public Opinion Poll Findings on Jails and Local Justice Systems
Author: RTI International and Zogby Analytics
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A new nationwide poll on perceptions of jails and local criminal justice systems reveals that the vast majority of Americans believe the role of jails should not be to punish, and shows broad support for treatment and rehabilitation—particularly for people committing non-violent offenses and for those with serious mental illness. The poll was conducted by RTI International and Zogby Analytics, and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.