prison populations http://wamc.org en NY expects further drop in prison inmates http://wamc.org/post/ny-expects-further-drop-prison-inmates <p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials project the state's prisons will shed 1,000 more inmates over the next four years, partly because of relaxed drug laws.</p><p>That follows a 25 percent drop since 1999.</p><p>The inmate population is below 55,000 after peaking at more than 72,000 in 1999 under the harsh Rockefeller-era drug laws.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:46:53 +0000 Associated Press 56624 at http://wamc.org NY expects further drop in prison inmates Brown challenges court oversight of Calif prisons http://wamc.org/post/brown-challenges-court-oversight-calif-prisons <p></p><p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says reducing California's inmate population further to meet a federal order will endanger public safety and require the state to ignore its own sentencing laws.</p><p>After years of implementing changes, California would have to grant shorter sentences to inmates convicted of violent or serious felonies to meet the court's mandate.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:57:15 +0000 Associated Press 55309 at http://wamc.org Brown challenges court oversight of Calif prisons VT Inmate Population Down, Crime Rate Remains Low http://wamc.org/post/vt-inmate-population-down-crime-rate-remains-low <p>Vermont Governor Peter&nbsp;Shumlin is hailing what he calls good news on the corrections front: Vermont has seen a reduction in its prison population, while its crime rates also are down.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pat Bradley reports&hellip;</p><p>Numbers released on Wednesday show Vermont&#39;s inmate population has dropped by more than 140 since 2008, to 2,059 people behind bars. It had been projected to grow by 26 percent between 2008 and 2018.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:49:07 +0000 Pat Bradley 37662 at http://wamc.org VT Inmate Population Down, Crime Rate Remains Low