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Jail Inmates in 2016

At midyear 2016, about 740,700 inmates were confined in county and city jails in the United States (figure 1, table 1).

U.S. Prison Population Trends: Massive Buildup and Modest Decline (2019)

The overall pace of decarceration has varied considerably across states, but has been modest overall. Thirty-nine states and the federal government had downsized their prisons by 2017.

Released Sex Offenders Were Three Times As Likely As Other Released Prisoners To Be Re-Arrested For A Sex Offense (2019)

State prisoners released after serving time for rape or sexual assault were more than three times as likely as other released prisoners to be re-arrested for rape or sexual assault during the 9 years following their release, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today.

Crime in 2018: Updated Analysis (2018)

In September, the Brennan Center analyzed available crime data from the nation's 30 largest cities, estimating that these cities would see a decline in crime and murder in 2018.

Probation and Parole Systems Marked by High Stakes, Missed Opportunities (2018)

Incarceration has long dominated the national conversation on criminal justice, because the U.S. prison population skyrocketed between the 1980s and late 2000s.

People in Prison 2017 (2018)

Assessing and targeting criminal justice reforms requires an up-to-date view of the number of people in state and federal prisons. The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects this data, but their reports lag prison populations by a year or more.

The Criminal History of Federal Offenders (2018)

(Published May 17, 2018) The publication The Criminal History of Federal Offenders provides for the first time complete information on the number of convictions and types of offenses in the criminal histories of federal offenders sentenced in a fiscal year.

Divided Justice: Trends in Black and White Jail Incarceration, 1990-2013 (2018)

Recent data analyses on jail incarceration—taken from Vera’s Incarceration Trends tool—reveal that although significant racial disparities still exist between black and white jail incarceration rates, incarceration rates for black people are declining, while rates for white people are rising.

Measuring Public Safety: Responsibly Interpreting Statistics on Violent Crime (2017)

With a few hyper-localized exceptions that require targeted attention, violent crime rates are lower today than they have been at any point over the past four decades.

The Prison Paradox: More Incarceration Will Not Make Us Safer (2017)

"Despite its widespread use, research shows that the effect of incarceration as a deterrent to crime is minimal at best, and has been diminishing for several years. Indeed, increased rates of incarceration have no demonstrated effect on violent crime and in some instances may increase crime.

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