Thursday, January 5, 2017

Slow Decarceration

Correctional Populations Decline Slightly 2015:

The nation’s jail and prison population decreased in 2015, according to federal data released on Thursday, and the number of adults locked up or on parole or probation fell to a level not seen since 2002 while overall crime continued to drop.

Reasons for the declining incarceration rates include the federal prison system releasing thousands of nonviolent drug offenders in 2015 and states seeking to save money by enacting legislation and policies to reduce prison populations.

The 2015 data was compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in an annual report that focuses on the nation’s prison and jail populations. Data for 2016 will not be available until next December.

Adults in jail, prison, on parole or probation: 6.7 million. The figure represents about 1 in 37, or 2.7 percent, of all adults in the United States, a level far higher than in most other nations but the lowest rate in America since 1994. Of those 6.7 million adults, some 2.2 million were in local jails or in state and federal prisons — about 51,000 fewer than in 2014. The rest were either on probation (about 3.8 million) or parole (about 870,000).

As always, go to the horse's mouth for more details. Good news to end the year on. We'll see if the decarceration momentum continues in 2017.

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