New Report Ranks States on "Correctional Control," Showing Huge State Disparities in Use of Probation
Date:  12-12-2018

Adults under community supervision account for nearly twice the number of people who are incarcerated in jails and prisons combined
From the press release by Prison Policy Initiative:

December 11, 2018

When it comes to ranking U.S. states on the harshness of their criminal justice systems, incarceration rates only tell half of the story. 4.5 million people nationwide are on probation and parole, and several of the seemingly “less punitive” states put vast numbers of their residents under these other, deeply flawed forms of supervision.

In Correctional Control: Incarceration and supervision by state, the Prison Policy Initiative calculates each state’s rate of correctional control, which includes incarceration (in all types of facilities) as well as community supervision (probation and parole). The report includes over 100 easy-to-read charts breaking down each state’s correctional population.

The report also includes an interactive chart that ranks states on their use of correctional control, with surprising findings including:
  • Ohio and Idaho surpass Oklahoma – the global leader of incarceration in correctional control overall.

  • Pennsylvania --which famously revoked Meek Mill’s probation last year – has the second highest rate of correctional control in the nation.

    Rhode Island and Minnesota have some of the lowest incarceration rates in the country, but are among the most punitive when community supervision is accounted for.

    Continue reading the press release here.

    Read the full report, Correctional Control 2018: Incarceration and Supervision by State here.