Independent Prison Studies

As part of Phoenix Business Publishing’s efforts to become the premier “Go-To” authority on Federal Prisons in America we offer you these studies of interest:

The Institute for Criminal Policy Research’s World Prison Brief website has prison statistics of interest:



Visit the website:
The United States Sentencing Commission produced a “Quick Facts” infographic on population statistics in US Federal Prisons:

Download the infographic (PDF)

Pew Center on the States published a study titled “One in 100: Behind Bars in America in 2008:

One in 100: Behind Bars in
America in 2008

On behalf of the Pew Center on the States, Public Opinion Strategies and the Mellman Group conducted phone interviews with 1,200 likely voters nationwide on January 10-15, 2012. The survey has a margin of error of ±2.8%. The margin of error is higher for subgroups.

PEW National Survey
— Public Opinion on Sentencing
and Corrections Policy in America

The Minnesota Department of Corrections completed a study on the effects of visitation on prisoner’s recidivism.

The Effects of Prison
Visitation on
Offender Recidivism

A 2005 University of Chicago study in the Journal of Law and Economics:

Carrots, Sticks, and Broken Windows

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) has released a list of federal sentencing laws that require a judge to give a convicted person a mandatory sentence:

Federal Mandatory Minimums

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report to the US Congress on the US Bureau of Prisons (BOP):

GAO Study on the Bureau of Prisons

John Jay College of Criminal Justice did a study in July 2014 called “Punishment Without End” authored by Douglas N. Evans:

Punishment Without End

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