Study Finds Philadelphia Prison Population On Decline

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new study says Philadelphia’s jail population decreased dramatically last year, mainly because of new procedures designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient.

The report released Wednesday by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative found the annual average daily inmate population fell 11 percent from 2009 to 2010.

It notes authorities are dealing with less serious cases through fines or community service instead of the courts. Those include misdemeanors and possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The study also found fewer jail admissions on bench warrants, which it attributed in part to a computer glitch. New warrants did not appear in police checks for months.

The report says the city’s current $231 million corrections budget is $10 million lower than it was three years ago.

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One Comment

  1. The plumma says:

    The new fad now is to kill everybody you can kill then kill yourself! That’s why the population is down duh!

  2. sheriff says:

    We can fix that situation real fast. Round up all the usual suspects, you know who I mean..

  3. Anonymous says:

    The prison population is declining because they’re turning them loose on the streets to offend over and over again. But, don’t worry. The numbers will rise again quickly. Look at that nut job who is choking and robbing women in Society Hill. He just got out of prison after 20 years just this May and he just picked up where he left off. So, it’s not that less people are going to prison. It’s because they are letting them back out on the streets. My guess is to make the numbers look good on paper.

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