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Incarceration at the local level and the impact on communities

As the rate of incarceration in the United States continues to grow, a large body of research has been primarily focused on understanding the determinants and drivers of federal and state prison growth. However, local jail systems, with 11 million admissions each year, have generated less research attention even though they have a far broader impact on communities.
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Poverty, demographics, police and corrections expenditures, and spillover effects from other county and state authorities were all significantly associated with local jail rates. Studying the cause and effect of communities producing criminals can help us determine how to best implement reform into the overpopulated prison system,

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