Of Fragmentation and Ferment The Impact of State Sentencing Policies on Incarceration Rates, 1975-2002


The current report describes: 

1. Indeterminate sentencing; 

2. Truth in sentencing; 

3. Habitual offenders; 

4. Mandatory sentencing; and 

5. Good-time sentence reductions. 


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People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021

Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) researchers collected data on the number of people in local jails and state and federal prisons throughout 2020 and into spring 2021. Vera researchers estimated the incarcerated population using a sample of approximately 1,600 jail jurisdictions, 50 states, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service (U ...

  • Jacob Kang-Brown, Chase Montagnet, Jasmine Heiss
June 07, 2021