For the first time in several decades, the federal inmate population has decreased, the Associated Press reports.
The Justice Department revealed that roughly 4,800 fewer inmates were incarcerated last year than the year before.
Attorney General Eric Holder said he anticipates the inmate population to be about 250,000 next week, which is the end of the budget cycle.
“This is nothing less than historic,” Holder said, addressing a conference at the New York University School of Law that was hosted by the Brennan Center for Justice. “To put these numbers in perspective, 10,000 inmates is the rough equivalent of the combined populations of six federal prisons, each filled to capacity.”
Holder has been working to reduce the prison population, saying its costly and contains too many nonviolent offenders.