Friday, December 06, 2019

Report has state-level and rural data about prisons, jails

Some of the data about Kentucky in the new report.
A new report from the Vera Institute of Justice has in-depth data about incarceration trends in each state, including breakdowns along the lines of race, gender, county, prison vs. jail populations, and more. 

The county-level data serves as a rough proxy for comparisons of urban and rural areas. As a recent Vera Institute report noted, rural areas are increasingly relying on jail expansion as a revenue source. The new report affirms that that the rural incarceration rate continues to rise in rural areas and fall in urban areas.

Overall, the report notes that America's incarceration rate has more than quadrupled, and that the U.S. has the highest population of incarcerated people in the world.

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