For the first time in 40 years, the state prison population declined, says Prison Count 2010 a new survey by the Pew Center on the States. The population decreased in 27 states, California’s population fell the most loosing 4,257 prisoners in 2009. Five other states reduced their prison population by 1,000 inmates. In 23 states the prison population grew, and more than half the increase was in five states: Pennsylvania (2,122), Florida (1,527), Indiana (1,496), Louisiana (1,399) and Alabama (1,053).
Read the full survey here.
Update***Washington State Department of Corrections submitted a revised population figure reflecting a change in their survey response. Read revised report here.
Use the Crime Report for more information on prisons.