The former director of Maryland's parole and probation division outlined Monday that state's success in lowering the number of offenders who go back to prison or have their parole revoked.
Judith Sachwald said one of the first things Maryland did was recognize its system was not working.
"Prisons are costly," she said. "I would prefer the money go into education."
She was among experts on reducing recidivism and curbing corrections costs who addressed the House and Senate judiciary committees in a joint session.
Sachwald stressed the importance of having programs to help parolees and probationers be productive.
Colorado's growing Department of Corrections' budget is almost $760 million.