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May 18, 2012 (The Sentencing Project)

New Publication: Trends in U.S. Corrections

Trends in U.S. Corrections is a visual tool that provides a compilation of key developments in the criminal justice system over the past several decades.

State and Federal Prisoners

Among the issues featured in this collection are:

• Rate of incarceration from 1925 to 2010

• International comparisons of incarceration rates

• Changes in the drug offender composition of prison populations over time

• Racial/ethnic disparities by gender in incarceration

• Increases in the number of people serving life sentences and life without parole since the 1980s

• Trends in the number of juveniles held in adult prisons and jails since 1985

• Increases in state corrections expenditures from 1985 to 2010

The full document can be viewed here.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Drug Policy, Women, Juvenile Justice