Report Shows Prison Population Increases, Decreases

WASHINGTON — The Sentencing Project, a Washington-based research and advocacy group, released new data on April 8 showing incarceration trends across the U.S. Two-thirds of states (34) have experienced at least a modest decline in prison population since 1999, while one third (16) have seen continued increases, according to the study “U.S. Prison Population Trends: Broad Variation Among States in Recent Years.”

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Women Outpace Men Nationally in Incarceration Rates

WASHINGTON — Though men still make up a vast majority of both state and federal prison populations, the percentage of female inmates nationwide is steadily increasing. According to a study by The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit criminal justice research and advocacy group, between 2000 to 2009 the number of women incarcerated in state or federal prisons rose by 21.6 percent, compared to a 15.6 percent increase for men.

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New Study Demonstrates Upswing in Life Sentences

WASHINGTON — A study released details the rise of inmates serving life sentences even though serious, violent crimes have been declining for the past 20 years.

The Sentencing Project recently published “Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America,” which found that from 2008 to 2012 the United States witnessed an 11.8 percent rise in inmates serving life sentences. As of 2012, 159,520 inmates were serving life sentences. This number has more than quadrupled since 1984, according to the study.

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