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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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