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Nation’s Prison Population Dropped 2 Percent in 2015

The national inmate total fell in 2015–the largest single year drop since the incarcerated population began declining in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, which also reported the lowest rate of U.S. adults (1 in 37) under correctional supervision since the high-crime era of 1994.


A Summit On The Mentally Ill In U.S. Jails

Representatives from 37 states meet in Washington to discuss ways to help local government, the justice system, and public and private health providers identify inmates who need help—and find funding to deal with them.


BJS Reports Slight Decrease in Correctional Population

The total U.S. correctional population—including people serving prison and jail sentences and those on probation and parole—decreased by 0.8 percent (52,200 people) from 2013 to 2014, according to a report released yesterday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Researchers attribute the slight drop to a decline in the number of people under community supervision, which has decreased by an average 1.2 percent per year since 2007. But the number of inmates in prisons and jails increased by about 1,900 in […]