According to a national report on corrections just released by the Pew Center on the States (PDF, 58 pages), Massachusetts ranks 5th in the nation for the portion of its adult population under “correctional control” (jail, prison, probation, or parole). One out of every 21 residents! The number is even more shocking when you control for certain demographics (see below, only the national rate is available). In part for this reason, it looks like the Rockefeller drug laws (blamed for overcrowding prisons with nonviolent offenders) will be dismantled. None too soon.
Posted on April 6, 2009 by Aron Goldman