Drivers of Growth in the Federal Prison Population

Source: Samuel A. Taxy, Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, March 2015

The federal prison population has grown by 750 percent since 1980, resulting in rapidly increasing expenditures for incarceration and dangerous overcrowding. In response, Congress created the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections to examine trends in correctional growth and develop practical, data-driven policy responses. Following the example of many states that have recently engaged in criminal justice reform, the first step for the Task Force is to understand the underlying drivers of growth in the prison population.
• Number of Drug Offenders More than Doubled in Past 20 Years ……
• Drug Offenders More Likely to Go to Prison, Serving Lengthy Sentences ……

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