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.


Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.