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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

"U.S. Prison Population Trends: Massive Buildup and Modest Decline"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy has this post linking to an excerpting a briefing paper from The Sentencing Project. From the excerpt:

The overall pace of decarceration has varied considerably across states, but has been modest overall. Thirty-nine states and the federal government had downsized their prisons by 2017.  Five states — Alaska, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York — reduced their prison populations by over 30% since reaching their peak levels.  But among the 39 states that reduced levels of imprisonment, 14 states downsized their prisons by less than 5%. Eleven states, led by Arkansas, had their highest ever prison populations in 2017.

If states and the federal government maintain this pace of decarceration, it will take 72 years — until 2091 — to cut the U.S. prison population in half.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2019/09/us-prison-population-trends-massive-buildup-and-modest-decline.html

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