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People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021 - Vera 2021 

06-16-2021 10:03 AM

From the press release:

More than a year after the first calls to release people from jails and prisons as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021 report released today by the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) shows that by the end of March 2021, there were still nearly 1.8 million people incarcerated in the United States. After an unprecedented 14 percent drop in incarceration in the first half of 2020 (from 2.1 million to 1.8 million), decarceration has stalled and jail populations are trending upward. The incarcerated population has declined only 2 percent since June 2020, as a 9 percent prison population decline was offset by a 13 percent jail population increase. The Spring 2021 report focuses on the changes from June 2020 to March 2021 and speaks to the political, economic, and social entrenchment of mass incarceration.

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