In three states where criminal justice reforms have led to reductions in prison populations the decline has been steepest for black and Hispanic inmates, according to a brief released by the Council of State Governments.
The brief examines prison data from Connecticut, North Carolina and Georgia, states where bipartisan groups of policymakers passed reforms designed to combat mass incarceration.
Connecticut's overall prison population declined 17 percent between 2008 and 2015; its black and Hispanic prison populations dropped 21 percent and 23 percent, while its white prison population . . .
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