Despite the fact that America leads the world in total prison population and the money that comes from building private prisons has increased the number of inmates, New Jersey is actually seeing a decline. According to a recent data released by the Justice Bureau, In New Jersey, corrections facilities held 23,225 prisoners at the end of 2012, a 2.6-percent decline from 23,834 inmates a year earlier.
So here are 3 reasons New Jersey's prison population is in decline:
1. Not as many crimes being committed.
2. A drop in prisoners at state-wide prisons. For example, the nation saw a 2.1-percent decline in the number of inmates held in state prisons.
3. Alternatives to incarceration and prison reform. For example, Republican Governor Chris Christie has broke party ranks to stop the incarcerating anyone with a drug problem. In fact, he's joined former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey to create
a program that helps inmates deal with a variety of issues including drug dependence and unemployment. Of course if the assembly bill to decriminalize marijuana in NJ passes in the Senate, Christie may decide to veto it to remain far-right for the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary. And like same-sex marriage he would be defying the will of the people since a whopping 61 percent of New Jerseyans approve decriminalization.