Today we share the latest Bureau of Justice Statistics report on the correctional population in the US. These numbers are from 2014, the latest data available. Included below is Hawai`i data and we urge you to download the report http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cpus to look at the tables.
BJS Reports Slight Decrease in Correctional Population
The Crime Report, December 30, 2015
Correctional Populations in the United States, 2014
Danielle Kaeble, Lauren Glaze, Anastasios Tsoutis, and Todd Minton, BJS Statisticians
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics
December 2015, NCJ 249513
- Adult correctional systems supervised an estimated 6,851,000 persons at yearend 2014, about 52,200 fewer offenders than at yearend 2013. „
- About 1 in 36 adults (or 2.8% of adults in the United States) was under some form of correctional supervision at yearend 2014, the lowest rate since 1996. „
- The correctional population has declined by an annual average of 1.0% since 2007. „
- The community supervision population (down 1.0%) continued to decline during 2014, accounting for all of the decrease in the correctional population. „
- The incarcerated population (up 1,900) slightly increased during 2014. „
- Between 2007 and 2014, about 88% of the decrease in the correctional population (down 488,600 offenders) was attributed to the decline in the probation population. „
- Seven jurisdictions accounted for almost half (48%) of the U.S. correctional population at yearend 2014.
- Nearly all (47) jurisdictions had a larger proportion of their correctional population supervised in the community at yearend 2014 than incarcerated in prison or local jail
- Estimated total population supervised by U.S. adult correctional systems, by jurisdiction, 2014– HI ranks 37th (p. 7, figure 3)
- Estimated adult correctional supervision rate, by jurisdiction, 2014 – HI ranks 20th (p. 8, figure 4)
- Distribution of correctional population, by correctional status and jurisdiction, 2014 – HI ranks 4th (p. 9, figure 5)
We can do better. The Director of Public Safety told the Penal Code Review subcommittee that our facilities are filled primarily with drug and property crime lawbreakers. Is this really the best way to spend $246,201,228 (the budget for FY 2015)? So far, we have been successful in creating a criminal underclass. Is this really what we want to do?
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