Saturday, January 3, 2015

United States imprisons less people than previous year for first time in over 30 years

The number of Americans under supervision of state adult correctional systems has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, the federal government said Tuesday, while the number of people serving time in federal prison fell for the first time in more than three decades.
Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics [pdf] showed 6,899,000 adults were under supervision of various adult correctional systems at the end of 2013, the last year for which figures are available. The number of adults under supervision includes those who are incarcerated, on parole or probation.