Ives – Assignment 8: Crimes vs. Inmate Population (Onondaga County)
By Archive User
May 4, 2015
In light of the recent discourse around militarization of police forces around the U.S. and what some politicians and analysts are calling “mass incarceration,” I thought it would be appropriate to look at inmate data for Onondaga County. This dataset, from data.ny.gov, only contains data from 1997 on. I decided to compare this to yearly crime statistics to see how they line up (or not).
The following chart displays data about crimes and inmate population in Onondaga County. I think it’s interesting to note that, even though crimes have gone way down since 1997, the inmate population has remained relatively constant. In fact, it’s even gone up a hair.
Why this is the case is, of course, up for debate — but I think the data poses some interesting questions nonetheless.