Category: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Jan 16

National Prison Rate Continues to Decline Amid Sentencing, Re-Entry Reforms

The Pew Charitable Trusts By Adam Gelb and Jacob Denney After peaking in 2008, the nation’s imprisonment rate fell 11 percent over eight years, reaching its lowest level since 1997, according to an analysis of new federal statistics by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The decline from 2015-16 was 2 percent, much of which was due to a drop in …

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Jul 06

Indicators of Mental Health Problems Reported by Prisoners and Jail Inmates, 2011-2012

This report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents prevalence estimates of mental health indicators among state and federal prisoners and jail inmates by different time periods, demographics, criminal justice history, most serious offense, mental health treatment received while incarcerated, and rule violations. Indicators were defined as serious psychological distress (SPD) in the 30 days …

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