October 6, 2015

Prison Populations Decline Nationwide

According to a new report from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of prisoners held by state and federal authorities fell by 1% from the end of 2013 to the end of 2014.  The federal prison population fell by 2.5%. 
Among other findings in the report:
  • state and federal prisons held 1,508,600 people sentenced to more than one year in prison at the end of 2014, down by 11,800 from the end of 2013;
  • 54% of state male inmates were violent offenders, as of the end of 2013; and
  • 50% of males and 59% of females in federal prisons were sentenced for drug offenses, as of September 30, 2014.
On September 1, 2015, Connecticut’s prison population stood at 16,168, down from 17,563 in 2013.
For more nationwide data, read the BJS report.

For more statistics on Connecticut’s criminal justice system, read the Office of Policy and Management’s Monthly Indicators Report.