Prison Facts

The prison population swelled 500% since 1980 even though the total population only grew 7% and the crime rate decreased. One in 28 adults in Pennsylvania was under correctional control at the end of 2007. Over 14,000 inmates are in Pennsylvania’s 16 federal correctional facilities. In Pennsylvania, we...

90% of prisoners will be released back into our communities. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections released 18,417 inmates from state prisons. The average time served for sentences was 48.5 months at state prison. The number of inmates initially released serving a sentence of two or...

More than half of Pennsylvania’s prisoners have children. Children with parents in prison have a seven times greater chance of being incarcerated. More than half of the state prison inmates are classified with “non-violent”offenses who could be diverted to less costly treatment programs that are more...

When connected with mentors, ex-offenders remained in the program an average of 9.7 months versus 6.6 months for those without mentors and were 60% less likely to leave the program any given month. Participants with mentors at least once were twice as likely to obtain...