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State Budget Concerns

As state governments face mounting budget deficits, many want to reduce the size and costs of their prison populations. Allison Keyes talks to Republican Mike Kowall, a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, and Malcolm Young, executive director of The Sentencing Project, about whether state governments are balancing their budgets at the expense of public safety.

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Allison Keyes is an award-winning journalist with almost 20 years of experience in print, radio, and television. She has been reporting for NPR's national desk since October 2005. Her reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.