The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) recently reported a 1.7 percent drop in U.S. prison population from 2011 to 2012, decreasing by 27,770 individuals to an estimated population of 1,571,013. Nine states alone had a decrease of over 1,000 prisoners in 2012: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Both federal and state imprisonment rates declined during this period. To increase accessibility to this data, BJS recently released a new online tool—the Corrections Statistical Analysis Tool—to provide real-time access to national- and state-level prisoner data from 1978 to 2011, allowing users to analyze prisoner data by yearend populations, admissions and releases, and many characteristics of prisoners. To view a PDF of the latest report from BJS, click here.