Prison Count 2010: State Population Declines for the First Time in 38 Years

Source: PEW Center on the States, Public Safety Performance Project, April 2010

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the number of state prisoners in the United States has declined. Survey data compiled by the public safety performance project of the PEW Center on the States, in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators, indicate that as of January 1, 2010, there were 1,404,053 persons under the jurisdiction of state prison authorities, 4,777 (0.3 percent) fewer than there were on December 31, 2008. This marks the first year-to-year drop in the state prison population since 1972.

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