Conn. Inmate Population Could Hit 5-Year Low

HARTFORD, Conn.— Policy analysts in Connecticut say ongoing efforts to combat recidivism and treat nonviolent offenders in community settings should push the state’s prison population to a five-year low.

The inmate population during the first week of December averaged 18,187, but the latest number still stands marginally above the level the division projected one year ago.

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Population Report

WASHINGTON — The number of state prison inmates decreased for the first time in almost 40 years, according to a survey of departments of correction throughout the United States.

The number of inmates housed under state jurisdiction declined by more than 5,300 to just over 1.4 million during the twelve months since Dec. 31, 2008, according to the survey by the Pew Center on the States.

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