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In Our Own Backyard - Vera 2015 

11-21-2019 08:54

From the report:The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) seeks to fill [an] information gap by providing easily accessible, comprehensive, and comparable justice data at the county-level. To accomplish this goal, Vera has developed the Incarceration Trends tool that collates, organizes, and analyzes publicly available sources of information on jails—starting with incarceration rates, annual admissions, and disparities by race and gender—for every county in the United States from 1970 to 2014.
To help prompt discussion and foster action, this report provides a snapshot of overall jail growth and where it has been most prevalent between 1970 and 2014. The report also presents an analysis of how this growth has affected certain minority groups and women disproportionately. While tracking the overall upward trend in jail use, Vera’s findings also chronicle recent downsizing of jails in some places, suggesting that continued jail growth is neither inevitable nor unavoidable.

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