U.S. Prison Population Drops for First Time in 38 Years

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the number of people in American prisons dropped last year.  This is the first time in almost four decades that the number of American prisoners has decreased.

“The total number of inmates in U.S. prisons from 2009 to 2010 decreased by 9,228, the first such decline since 1972.

Federal correctional facilities had 1,653 fewer prisoners, while state prisons saw their collective total fall by 10,881. Half of the states reported decreases in their prison populations, with the largest drops by percentage occurring in Rhode Island (down 8.6%) and Georgia (down 7.9%).

According to the report, “About half (51%) of federal inmates in 2010 were serving time for drug offenses, 35% for public-order offenses (largely weapons and immigration), and less than 10% each for violent and property offenses.”

A total of 1,605,127 people were in state or federal custody, 93% of whom were men.”

To read the original article, written by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, go to AllGov.com.


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