The number of people paying time for a crime last year dropped to its lowest level since 2000, according to a newly released Justice Department report, the Associated Press writes.
The report shows there are nearly 7 million people – or 2.9% of U.S. adults, are in jail, on probation or on parole. That’s a 1.4% drop over the year before and the third consecutive decline, the AP reported.
Three of 10 people under some kind of supervision were behind bars, while the rest were on probation or parole.
The numbers are a promising indicator that fewer crimes are being committed, criminologists said.
“There is a lag between crime drops and correctional drops because of the length of sentences being served,” James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology, law and public policy at Northeastern University told the AP. “It is likely that the correctional population will continue to decline as releases outpace admissions.”
Few have forgotten her attempt on President Ford’s life 34 years ago. And few have forgotten that name “Squeaky”. Maybe she’ll get a new nickname once she’s on the outside.
Demian Bulwa and John Koopman
San Francisco Chronicle
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the waif-like Charles Manson follower who tried to shoot President Gerald Ford outside the Capitol in Sacramento in 1975, will be released from prison as early as Aug. 14, authorities said Wednesday.
Fromme, now 60, has been serving a life sentence in Texas. A federal parole board granted her parole last year, but her release was delayed because she got extra time after trying to escape from a West Virginia facility in 1987.
Traci Billingsley, spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, said Fromme remains at a prison for women with special medical or mental health needs in Fort Worth, Texas. Billingsley said her agency had the authority to release Fromme Aug. 14, 15 or 16. She said she did not have any information about Fromme’s plans.
A 1987 Interview With Squeaky Fromme