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Exploring The Trend In Illinois Inmate Numbers

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This week in our look at stories from around the state we have a story from the Illinois Public Radio capital bureau. For decades, the number of men and women in the state’s prisons appeared destined for permanent growth. Then, several years ago, the population began getting smaller. Today, it’s more than 20% below the high-water mark. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey looks at what’s behind the trend

The Illinois prison population from 1975 to the present. The population number is based on the final day of each year listed. (Brian Mackey/WUIS)

The Illinois prison population from 1975 to the present. The population number is based on the final day of each year listed. (Brian Mackey/WUIS)