07/21/2011 - Philadelphia's prison population has dropped dramatically in the past couple of years, a report released yesterday said.
The number of inmates peaked at 9,787 in January 2009, and fell to below 7,700 this spring, before rising to 8,048 in June, according to the report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
The number reached 8,200 this week, prison data show.
A "confluence of different policies, most of which required a lot of collaboration" among the courts, prosecutors, defenders and the prison system contributed to the decline, said Claire Shubik-Richards, senior associate at Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative and author of the report "Philadelphia's Less Crowded, Less Costly Jails."
Read the full article, Prison Population Down; New Programs Cited, on the Philadelphia Daily News' Web site.