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November 7, 2015

Thanks to retroactive drug guidelines, federal prison population under 200,000 for first time in nearly a decade

I was pleased to discover from this webpage providing a weekly updating of the official federal prisoner headcount that, for the first time in nearly a decade, the federal prison population is now officially under 200,000.  I believe that the official count last week was around 205,000, and thus it would seem that this milestone was achieved officially as a result of the implementation of the first set of drug-2 retroactivity early prisoner releases.

I have heard talk in various settings of an interest in having the federal prison population down eventually to 150,000 (which, I believe, would still have the facitlities officially a bot above their standard capacity).  I think the passage and effective implementation of the bipartisan federal sentencing reform bills now in Congress would likely go a long way to getting to that goal in a responsible way.     

November 7, 2015 at 04:31 PM | Permalink

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Those numbers do not include Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), I believe. So, part of the federal incarcerated population is declining, that's not the whole story.

Posted by: Paul | Nov 8, 2015 8:35:46 AM

Hell I didn't. Know that our Feb. Had so many in prison that must be keeping up with Missouri but we can take care of other countries and illegal aliens we even have islands for the leopard people but we can't make one for child molesters rapist no we put them in prison knowing they'll get out and most likely do it again ๐Ÿ˜Š heck theirs foster parents who want to do the job so they have no problem picking and choosing. One day the government will see the kids grow up and voting is a right even job will be able to make sure that there is no need for you to be able to work for the company nor vote for all that has not been there for them in past But we can put ones in prison for what we the people always pass laws later for the right reasons never mind I have hope real hope TRUMP will be President and lord knows the U.S.A.will be again

Posted by: Annie | Nov 8, 2015 6:49:24 PM

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