Prisons

Federal Prison Population Drops for First Time Since 1980

Sea change?

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Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal prison population has dropped this year by roughly 4,800 inmates, the first decline in decades. Holder is speaking Tuesday at a criminal justice conference in New York City.

According to excerpts of his speech, the Justice Department expects to end the current fiscal year next week with a federal prison population of roughly 215,000 inmates.

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