Pew Report: Possible to Reduce Both Crime and Imprisonment


During the past five years while most states reduced their imprisonment rates crime also dropped, shows a new report by Pew Public Safety Performance Project. Their infographic report illustrates prison and crime declines from each of the fifty states and concludes that prison decline has little impact on crime rates. The states with the largest decrease in their prison population, including California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, Colorado and South Carolina had on average a 12% decrease in crime. The states with the largest increase in their prison population including Alabama, Kansas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arizona and Illinois had on average a 10% reduction in crime.

The chart also allows users to compare states. For example, Louisiana had a 5% increase in prison population and an 18% reduction in crime rates, while Wyoming had a 5% reduction in prison population, with a twenty percent reduction in crime.

Access the infographic here.

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