U.S. prison population declines for third straight year

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. prison population declined in 2012 for a third consecutive year, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported.

No. of blacks jailed for drugs declines

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- The number of African-Americans jailed in state prisons for drug offenses has declined substantially for the first time in 25 years, a study shows.

Budgets driving state prison reforms

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. states faced with economic crises have a choice between funding prison expansion or funding rehabilitation programs, officials say.

Officials say time ripe for prison reform

NEWARK, N.Y., July 26 (UPI) -- U.S. prison officials say a wide political consensus is developing that could lead to positive prison reform and reduce recidivism.

Groups lobby for ex-felon enfranchisement

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Less than 3 percent of ex-felons are able to regain their voting rights in the most restrictive states, according to a study conducted by the Sentencing Project

U.S. has highest incarceration rate

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- More than 5.6 million Americans are in prison or have served time there, according to a report by the Justice Department.