A recent report from the Iowa Department of Human Rights indicates the number of inmates in Iowa will increase by four thousand in 10 years. The report looks at the number of people going into prison, how long they are staying, and how many people are released each year.
The Director of Research at the Iowa Department of Corrections, Lettie Prell, says prison officials have seen high numbers like this before.
“We view this forecast as being not set in stone, but as an indication of where we might be going if we don’t examine our current policies and practices."
Prell says the legislature takes a look at the prison forecast every year.