COVID-19 Pushes Global Prison Population to ‘Breaking Point’

Some 11 million people are in prison worldwide, with over 124 prisons exceeding their maximum occupancy rates–the highest number of imprisoned people ever recorded, and a 20 percent increase from when the world total was recorded in 2002. The overcrowding couldn’t have come at a worse time, says Penal Reform International.


Will the Virus-Related Decline in Crime Continue?

Two Italian researchers found a 40 percent reduction in most types of crime since a shelter-at-home advisory was announced in San Francisco and Oakland. Similar declines have been reported in other cities, but the researchers acknowledge more research is needed to understand the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on criminal behavior. 

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More Data Seen Critical to Measuring Coronavirus Impact on Local Justice

The Measures for Justice (MFJ) project, which collects comparative data on the operation of local criminal justice systems nationwide, says it’s doubling down on its efforts so policymakers “can be in a better position to tackle all the same problems, ­and the new ones ­the coronavirus has left in its wake.” Data from a dozen more states will be published this year.