Some States Are Closing Prisons And Turning Them Into Homeless Shelters, Reentry Centers

February 5, 2015 2:27 PM

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Some States Are Closing Prisons And Turning Them Into Homeless Shelters, Reentry Centers

Fewer prisoners in cells means more room for resources that benefit communities, and groups around the country are taking advantage of the space.

Although the overall state prison population in the U.S. rose by 6,300 inmates in 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported last September, not all states have been upping their numbers in recent years. Since 2011, at least 17 states have reduced prison capacity, for a total of more than 35,000 beds.

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