U.S. prison population declines for first time since 1972

For the second consecutive year, data released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics revealed a decline in the adult correctional population, while crime rates decreased as well. Even more promising is the decline in the total U.S. prison population – caused primarily by a decrease in the state prison population (the federal prison population experienced a slight increase). Though the total population only decreased by 0.6%, this is the first total prison population decline since 1972. (ACLU)