(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Justice says the federal prison population has dwindled to about 4,800 inmates since September 2013.
While speaking at the Brennan Center for Justice Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said this is the first time the figure has dropped in a fiscal year since 1980 and the numbers are expected to decrease over the next two fiscal years.
“Our new projections anticipate that the number of federal inmates will fall by just over 2,000 in the next 12 months — and by almost 10,000 in the year after,” said Holder.
Since President Obama took office, incarceration rates at the state level have also decreased by around 10 percent.
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