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More than 1% of Texas’ male population was in prison at the end of 2017, report says

Fort Worth police release 2018 crime stats

In 2018, the number of Crimes Against Persons dipped 5.3 percent compared to 2017, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.
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In 2018, the number of Crimes Against Persons dipped 5.3 percent compared to 2017, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.

Texas had the largest decrease of female prisoners from 2016 to 2017 with a decrease of almost 380 women being imprisoned, according to reports released Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

However, the state was also one of six in the country with more than 1 percent of all male residents being imprisoned on Dec. 31, 2017.

The reports show that nationwide, from 2007 to 2017, incarceration rates in both prisons and jails decreased by more than 10 percent.

Other points of the reports, which looked at populations in state and federal prisons and local jails, were:

Among racial groups, the imprisonment rate for sentenced black adults declined by 31 percent from 2007 to 2017 and by 4 percent from 2016 to 2017, the largest declines of any racial group.

However, the imprisonment rate for sentenced black men was more than twice the rate for sentenced Hispanic men and almost six times that for sentenced white men. The rate for sentenced black women was almost double that for sentenced white women.

Among state prisoners sentenced to more than one year, 55 percent were serving a sentence for a violent offense at year-end 2016.

At the end of fiscal year 2017, nearly half of all federal prisoners were serving a sentence for drug trafficking.

The demographic characteristics of persons incarcerated in jails shifted from 2005 to 2017. During this period, the percentage of the jail population that was white increased from 44 percent to 50 percent, while the percentage that was black decreased from 39 percent to 34 percent.

At midyear 2017, one in five jails were operating at or above 100% of their rated capacity.

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