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Bureau of Justice Statistics

Continuing a multiyear trend, the U.S. prison population declined again in 2017, with nearly 1.5 million in prison, or a drop of 1.2%, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported. […] Read More

Eighty-three percent of U.S. inmates were arrested at least once within the nine years following their release from incarceration, according to a U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report released on May 23. Many previous studies measured recidivism over a three- or five-year period. By extending its study to nine years, BJS found a significant […] Read More

The total number of people in the U.S. correctional system and the number of inmates under sentence of death in U.S. prisons both declined in 2016, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) statistical briefs published in late April. Slightly more than 6.6 million inmates were in the U.S. correctional system (this includes persons in […] Read More

U.S. prisons saw an overall population decline in 2016, continuing a three-year trend in both federal and state facilities, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report released on Jan. 9. Overall, there were 21,200 fewer prisoners in 2016 than in 2015, a 1 percent decline. This is an imprisonment rate of 450 per 100,000 […] Read More

The U.S. prison population declined in 2012 due, in part, to the lowest number of admissions since 1999. The December 2013 Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report on U.S. prisons for 1991 through 2012 explained the overall decline by noting that (1) releases had exceeded admissions for four years in a row and (2) total […] Read More