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NCJ Number: NCJ 240730     Find in a Library
Title: Growth & Increasing Cost of the Federal Prison System: Drivers and Potential Solutions
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Nancy La Vigne ; Julie Samuels
Corporate Author: The Urban Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2012
Page Count: 8
  Annotation: This report examines the growing costs associated with the increased incarnation of individuals into the United States Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
Abstract: Results show that the Federal prison population exceeds 218,000, a tenfold increase since 1980. This massive growth is projected to continue and is accompanied by increasing costs, which account for 25 percent of the Department of Justice's budget and edge out other important public safety priorities. Topics discussed in this report include: the impact of the rapid growth of the Federal prison populations; the projected population growth; the high cost of the increasing number of incarcerations; the opportunity costs that are created by growth; how the main drivers of this phenomenon are front-end decisions about who goes to prisons and for how long; how drug offenders make up half of the Federal prison population; how supervision violations make up at least 15 percent of annual admissions; how front- end changes can most directly contain future growth; how back-end changes can help alleviate the growing pressure on the system; how the Federal system can learn from the States; and recommendations for moving forward. 4 figures and 22 notes
Main Term(s): Federal correctional facilities ; Prison costs
Index Term(s): Federal Bureau of Prisons ; Prison population prediction ; Prison overcrowding ; Criminal population ; Federal prisoners
Sponsoring Agency: Public Welfare Foundation
United States of America
Sale Source: The Urban Institute
2100 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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