0.38% of Wisconsin residents are incarcerated, study finds

The number of incarcerated individuals in Wisconsin stands at 378 per 100,000 residents, the 24th highest rate among the 50 states, according to new data from the Sentencing Project.
A total of 22,039 people are now imprisoned in Wisconsin, according to the study, which also reported that 43,542 residents were on probation.
Other issues quantified in the Sentencing Project numbers include racial disparities, the number of juveniles in custody and spending on states’ corrections systems. The nonprofit group obtains its data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and National Association of State Budget Officers.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any nation in the world, with 2.2 million people behind bars, according to the Sentencing Project. The number of Americans in prison or jail has increased fivefold over the last four decades, the researchers found.
Changes in public policies and laws have been driving this increase, the study says. The result has been serious overcrowding problems in prisons and added financial burdens for states, according to the data.

Incarceration Rates by State
Rank (Highest to Lowest Imprisonment Rate)StateImprisonment Rate (per 100,000 Residents)Prison PopulationProbation PopulationParole Population1Louisiana68031,58438,82232,1962Oklahoma63925,33842,0521,7813Mississippi63618,91527,8209,3924Arkansas58617,71333,62223,7825Arizona55840,95177,1297,5376Texas529154,479371,361109,1517Kentucky51623,08244,48016,3388Georgia50754,113419,99321,0679Idaho4758,57133,0025,10210Florida44496,009209,7144,41911Montana4404,7239,3581,27612Ohio43050,338233,58020,70313 (tie)South Dakota4283,7975,6312,96813 (tie)Wyoming4282,4795,09790015Missouri42426,03842,52617,62316Virginia42236,09162,4431,70917Alabama41920,59551,9619,35818Nevada41312,84013,6255,03319Indiana39926,969111,1567,07320Tennessee38426,34960,62211,13221Delaware3823,73515,01036822 (tie)Michigan38138,053153,34515,72222 (tie)West Virginia3816,8006,1963,69024Wisconsin37822,03943,54221,09525Pennsylvania35545,485180,901111,18526 (tie)Oregon35314,94338,93624,53926 (tie)South Carolina35318,29532,6974,56528Kansas3429,96516,9095,28229Colorado34119,78581,12510,23730New Mexico3166,63412,3522,70831North Carolina31333,04282,19913,80232California310122,417233,04695,14833Maryland30518,47671,35210,33834Illinois30238,25986,53828,79435Iowa2939,26029,1526,41436Nebraska2895,59614,25598537Washington25019,18476,34911,66338Connecticut2458,75140,3073,54839Alaska2441,7822,4911,56340North Dakota2311,7676,29790441New York22443,43998,68544,57242Hawaii2153,03719,8301,66643New Jersey21018,613139,49815,00544Utah2096,66212,5143,78145New Hampshire1972,6913,9142,43646Vermont1821,1374,13886147Minnesota1769,98298,7467,04848Rhode Island1561,65621,92745149Maine1461,9676,7092050Massachusetts1337,50357,2611,423
Source: The Sentencing Project

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