(State) Two years ago, planners said Iowa’s prison population would be over 11,000 by the end of 2021. Now, they’re predicting the population will be just over 9,200 inmates…a drop of over 2,000 prisoners. And actual numbers for the last 30 months show a dip in the state prison population…from a high of over 9,000 in April of 2011 to just over 8,200 this week. Their review of prison population also found that in the last two fiscal years, African-Americans made up about 26% of prison population…and they’re projecting that will continue to be the trend. And the most expensive prediction….That nearly half of the prison population will be over the age of 50…meaning more expense for the state corrections system.
Iowa Radio Network