US Prison, Jail Population Dropped Sharply in 2020

US Prison, Jail Population Dropped Sharply in 2020

U.S. prisons and jails saw a significant decline in the inmate population during 2020, according to a Vera Institute of Justice report published on January 25. There were 2,115,000 incarcerated people in 2019 – 1,435,500 in U.S. prisons and 758,419 in U.S. jails....

What I Learned While Inside Cook County Jail

During a wintery storm in Chicago and much of the eastern U.S., I experienced many flight cancellations, delays and missed flights. Amid that storm, I had the opportunity to visit the Cook County Jail with Jesse Jackson and many community leaders from the Chicago...