Which states reduced their prison rates last year, in one map

Arkansas and Alaska ranked highest, for different reasons

By C1 Staff

WASHINGTON — A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice shows which states have managed to shrink their inmate populations in 2013.

Working with data released in September 2014 by the Department of Justice, the map depcits each state's change in imprisonment rates.

According to the Brennan Center, Arkansas had the highest increase at 17 percent, while Alaska had the biggest drop at 10.1 percent, when comparing their 2012 to their 2013 populations.

On their website, the map is interactive and gives more detail regarding each state’s incarceration rates and attempts to alleviate exploding inmate populations.

Red indicates a higher number, while blue is lower. Only Illinois and Nevada did not provide statistics.

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