Nation’s Prison Population Dropped 2 Percent in 2015

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Donaldson Prison, Bessemer Al. Photo by David Krajicek

Driven by a drop in the federal prison population, the national inmate total fell nearly 2 percent last year, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) said today.

A similar drop in the number on probation meant that some 6,741,400 people around the nation were supervised by adult correctional systems at year's end in 2015. That included 2,248,000 in state . . .

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