Environmental Scan 2015

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National Institute of Corrections (NIC) on February 2016

Beginning in the late 1990’s, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Information Center began scanning social, economic, and corrections issues to inform the development of programs and services offered by NIC. This report, now in its 10th edition, has continued to evolve into a popular tool that corrections practitioners also use to inform their work in jails, prisons, and community corrections. Because there are many issues beyond what is addressed in this environmental scan that will potentially influence corrections, this report is intended to give a broad overview of selected current and anticipated trends and not intended to be comprehensive.

2015 Environmental Scan / Criminal Justice Trends

TOPICS include:

Demographic and Social Trends


Criminal Justice Trends

Corrections Populations and Trends  (probation, parole)

Mass Incarceration