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NCJ Number: 202246 Find in a Library
Title: Iowa Prison Population Forecast FY 2003-2013
Author(s): Lettie Prell
Corporate Author: Iowa Dept of Human Rights
Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning
United States of America
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Iowa Dept of Human Rights
Des Moines, IA 50319
Sale Source: Iowa Dept of Human Rights
Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning
Lucas State Building
321 East 12th Street, 2nd Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents short-term and long-term prison population projections in the State of Iowa for 2003 to 2013, factors impacting prison population growth, and recommendations for change.
Abstract: By 2005, Iowa’s prison population is expected to exceed official capacity by about 27.5 percent, and if current offender behaviors and justice system trends, policies, and practices continue, Iowa’s prison population may be expected to increase by about 42.6 percent from 2003 to 2013. There are several factors involved and identified in both reducing prison growth and continuing prison growth. Those factors in reducing prison growth include: (1) decrease in inmate average length of stay; (2) increase in paroles; and (3) sentencing changes. Those factors contributing to projected-continued growth include: (1) increase in prison admissions; (2) increase in felony charges filed; (3) increase in admissions of drug offenders; (4) increase in community-based offender populations; (5) housing Federal prisoners/detainees; and (6) the long-term effect of abolishing/restricting parole. The benefits of forecasting prison population are to be able to make some determination of the number of inmates that may be incarcerated in the future due to current justice system trends, policies, and practices and to stimulate alternative directions based on specific changes in laws, policies, and/or practices. Tables, graphs, and appendix
Main Term(s): Prison population prediction
Index Term(s): Correctional facilities; Correctional institutions (adult); Correctional planning; Corrections effectiveness; Corrections statistics; Future trends; Iowa; Overcrowding; Prison conditions; Prison overcrowding
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