May 4, 2018

Prison violence rises as budgets slashed

A prison guard runs into a correctional center viewed through a chainlink fence

Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

"Saving money may come at a deadly cost .... Bloodied bodies stacked in a prison yard — What happens when states slash prison spending," by USA Today's Steve Reilly:

Big picture: "Across the country, states slashed prison spending by more than $200 million between 2010 and 2015. Meanwhile, violence appears to be on the rise, according to a USA TODAY review of public records, lawsuits, academic studies and news reports."

  • "Slayings reported inside prisons almost doubled over a decade, from about four homicides per 100,000 to about seven in 2014."
  • Why it matters: "[S]tate records and news media accounts show there were at least nine prison riots nationwide in 2017 — matching levels last seen in the 1980s."
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