Most states’ prison populations are near historic highs after decades of extraordinary growth. This growth, which continued even after crime rates fell substantially in the 1990s, has been costly, limiting economic opportunity for communities with especially high incarceration rates and taking critical resources from other important investments, such as education.
Click on the map below to learn more about the rise in prison populations and spending in each state. The downloadable data file also includes state-by-state information on recent criminal justice reforms. Click here for four ways states can reduce their incarceration rates.