A Wisconsin Policy Forum report shows the number of inmates in the state prison system has dropped to levels not seen in more than 20 years. The adult population declined almost 16% from the end of February 2020 to the end of last month. At a little over 19,500, the number of inmates in Wisconsin prisons is at its lowest level since 1999. The Wisconsin Policy Forum report credits state tactics designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 – including the governor’s order to suspend new prison admissions, delays in trials, and increasing use of electronic monitoring.

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