National Prison Count Declined 1 Percent in 2016

It was the third consecutive year that the total of state and federal prisoners dropped. Much of the change was due to a major drop during the Obama administration of 7,300 federal prisoners. The federal system remains the nation’s largest, with about 60,000 more than are behind bars in California.

DOJ To Test Jamming Federal Inmate Cellphones

The law prohibits cellphone use by federal inmates, but the Bureau of Prisons confiscated 5,116 such phones in 2016, and preliminary numbers for 2017 indicate a 28 percent increase. “That is a major safety issue,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tells the American Correctional Association. “Cellphones are used to run criminal enterprises, facilitate the commission of violent crimes and thwart law enforcement.”