Division of Adult Institutions Point in Time 1990-2014
Group: Wisconsin Department of Corrections
The Wisconsin (WI) prison population has grown substantially over the last 25 years, more than tripling from 1990 to 2014. To present a complete picture of how the prison population has changed, admissions to prison, point-intime prison population counts, and releases from prison are included in this report series. All three types of data are important to consider when examining changes in the prison population. For example, an increase in the number of releases in one year may be explained by a similar increase in the number of admissions several years prior. Or an increase in the overall prison population may be related to an increase in admissions and a simultaneous decrease in releases. While there are many other factors that likely contribute to these changes, examining multiple facets of the prison population is a valuable method for tracking and anticipating changes in the number and types of inmates that the WI Department of Corrections (DOC) is and will be responsible for. Tracking various aspects of the prison population allows the Department to make appropriate changes as needed to its facilities and policies. For example, accommodating a growing number of older inmates. The data presented in this report has been validated to provide measures that reflect the changing prison population as accurately as possible.
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