The Sentencing Study

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A recently released study indicates that the state of New Jersey is currently incarcerating 31% less people than its peak prison population.

The study released in mid-February was conducted by The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit DC-based advocacy group founded in 1986 whose aim is to reform unproductive patterns in the American criminal justice system. Their goal is to reduce reliance on incarceration while promoting effective alternatives.

39 states experienced a decline from their peak prison populations between 1999-2014, with NJ leading the nation, decreasing from its peak of approximately 31,500 incarcerated citizens in 1999 down to about 20,000 in 2014. Of the 11 states that saw increased rates, Nebraska showed the biggest at almost
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