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Prisoners in 2018

Prisoners in 2018


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  • In 2018, the combined state and federal imprisonment rate (431 sentenced prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents) was the lowest since 1996.

  • The total imprisonment rate fell 15% from 2008 to 2018.

  • From 2008 to 2018, the imprisonment rate dropped 28% among black residents, 21% among Hispanic residents, and 13% among white residents.

  • In 2018, the imprisonment rate of black residents was the lowest since 1989.


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