- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania prison system is reporting a decrease in the number of inmates who were arrested or returned to custody after getting out from behind bars.

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said that between 2013 and 2014, about 1,000 fewer people broke laws or violated rules of supervision after release from prison.

He says the numbers show the effectiveness of new state laws and policies designed to reverse growth in the state prison population. The number of state inmates has more recently been falling and fewer people are being sentenced to prison.

Wetzel says the state has benefited from linking payments to halfway house operators to the recidivism rates at their facilities.

The prison population is currently 50,500. A year ago it was 51,087.

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