The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Correctional System

Bill Clinton was re-elected, the Down Jones Industrial Average broke 6000 for the first time, and Macarena was at the top of the pop charts. 1996 was a long time ago, wasn’t it? It was also the last time the rate of Americans being under criminal justice supervision was at low as it was at the end of 2014. The last year’s data (expressed in the standard metric of number per 100,000) are in the chart below — more details in my latest piece at Washington Post Wonkblog.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. He served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2009 to 2010.