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  • Whoa    May 19 
The plummeting U.S. prison admission rate, in one stunning chart

By taking the annual intake of prisoners and dividing by population, Keith Humphreys has made an incredible chart:

(Keith Humphreys/SameFacts.com)

What's the story? Crime has been falling fast for over 20 years, for one. Second is the sheer size of the prison population, which is still so mind-bogglingly huge that growth was becoming very hard to sustain (and to be clear, America still has the highest incarceration rate in the world). A third reason, and one which isn't as appreciated, is a movement among conservatives to reform our prisons, in large part because of their sheer expense.

Whatever the reason, this is certainly great news.

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