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Continued Success at the State Level

| December 14, 2012

Last month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that the total population of incarcerated persons in the United States had decreased for the fourth consecutive year. The decline, however, came entirely at the state level. The federal system continued to gain prisoners, and in fact, from 2010 to 2011, the number of prisoners increased by about 7,800. The Federal Bureau of Prisons would be wise to take a look at the amazing success of the states — and to emulate the strategies that reduce incarceration while still protecting public safety.

Total U.S. Correctional Population Declines for the Third Straight Year

U.S. Adults Supervised by Adult Correctional Systems

U.S. Adults Held in Custody of Local Jails

U.S. Adults Held in Custody State Prisoners

U.S. Adults Held in Custody: Total Inmates Nationwide


VIBRANT P. REDDY is Senior Fellow for criminal justice issues at the Charles Koch Institute. Previously, Reddy was the Senior Policy Analyst for both Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic. Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section.