- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The final report to a study group trying to reduce crime and Pennsylvania’s prison population is recommending shorter prison sentences and more money for programs that help keep ex-cons from re-offending.

Those were among the recommendations made Wednesday to Gov. Tom Wolf’s study group by the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center. It’s the second such study in four years.

The study’s authors say state inmates serving short sentences tend to stay in prison a few months longer than necessary, while shorter county jail sentences should also be trimmed by a couple months.

They say that would free up millions for programs outside prison that help reduce recidivism.

They also say maximum prison sentences tend to be too long, meaning many offenders are under needlessly long periods of parole supervision.

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