National Correctional Population Declines for Second Year

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released a report in December 2014 showing the national correctional population dropped by 41,500 persons in 2013. This decrease brought the 2013 yearend nationwide inmate total to 6.89 million and marked a 0.6 percent decrease over 2012 figures — making 2013 the second consecutive year of correctional population decline.

Women Outpace Men Nationally in Incarceration Rates

Though men still make up a vast majority of both state and federal prison populations, the percentage of female inmates nationwide is steadily increasing.