The national inmate total fell in 2015–the largest single year drop since the incarcerated population began declining in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, which also reported the lowest rate of U.S. adults (1 in 37) under correctional supervision since the high-crime era of 1994.
A new documentary, which premiered last night in Washington DC, traces the evolution of America’s modern prison-industrial complex to its drug-war roots. Director Regan Hines tells TCR why he believes reforms must begin with an acknowledgment of that grim history.
The state’s legislative auditor cites ways to save a total of $170 million by shifting 9,000 cases to drug courts, allowing judges to put more drug offenders on probation and in “community programming.”
Inmates filing civil rights-violation lawsuits need paperwork that is clearer, more comprehensive and more relevant, argue the authors of a forthcoming study that aims to make inmate litigation more fair.