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Rates of Incarceration in Nevada

By    |   Friday, 19 Feb 2016 08:04 PM

The incarceration rate in a state provides a lot of useful information when discussing that state’s prison system. Most obviously, it outlines the average number of people incarcerated for every 100,000 people in the state’s overall population. In addition, this number hints at crime rates in the state and the success of its justice system in finding and punishing criminals.

Just as with all the other states, Nevada’s incarceration rates provide insight into all of these questions.

According to the Nevada Department of Corrections’ "10-Year Prison Population Projections" report for 2011-2021, the state’s incarceration rates in 2009 were significantly higher than national averages.

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Of the 1,405,622 inmates in state prisons across the country in this year, 12,891 were in Nevada. Between 2008 and 2009, the number of inmates in the state dropped 2.6 percent, but between 2000 and 2008 the number of inmates increased by 26.7 percent.

Compared to the nation’s change of 12.8 percent during the same time period, it is clear that Nevada’s incarceration rates were particularly high. In fact, for 2009, while 457.8 people were incarcerated for every 100,000 across the population of the whole country, 487.7 people in Nevada were incarcerated for every 100,000 people in the state’s population.

While Nevada’s incarceration rate reduced considerably in 2013, it was still significantly higher than the national average.

According to the National Institute of Corrections, at the end of 2013, the Nevada prison population was 13,056. The incarceration rate for the state for this year was 460 inmates for every 100,000 people in the state population, making it the state with the 13th-highest incarceration rate in the country.

Further, it was one of 21 states whose incarceration rates were higher than the national average that year of 395 inmates for every 100,000 people in the population. Given this national rate, then, Nevada had an incarceration rate 16 percent higher than the national average.

Even though Nevada’s incarceration rates appear to be slowing down, the prison population is still growing.

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The incarceration rate outlines the average number of people incarcerated for every 100,000 people. In addition, this number hints at crime rates in a state and the success of its justice system. Just like other states, Nevada’s incarceration rates provide insight into these questions.
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