We are grateful to Bennie F. Brewer and JoAnn Van Atta of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Kirby G. Posey of the U.S. Bureau of the Census for providing us with unpublished data, to Mary Bernstein for data on religious affiliations, and to Katharine Beckett, Charles Cappell, Susan Carlson, Lynn Chancer, Ted Chiricos, Jo Dixon, David Garland, Karen Gelb, Michael Jacobson, Valerie Jenness, Richard Lempert, Thomas Marvell, Bruce Western, and the anonymous reviewers for helpful comments.
STATE PRISON POPULATIONS AND THEIR GROWTH, 1971–1991*
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 615–654, August 2001
How to Cite
GREENBERG, D. F. and WEST, V. (2001), STATE PRISON POPULATIONS AND THEIR GROWTH, 1971–1991. Criminology, 39: 615–654. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2001.tb00935.x
David F. Greenberg is Professor of Sociology at New York University. His current research interests focus on racism in law enforcement, time series analyses of crime rates, factor analysis methodology, the administration of the death penalty, and Babylonian and Sumerian trial procedures.
Valerie West is a doctoral candidate in sociology at New York University. Her current work focuses on capital punishment and the review of capital cases. She is coauthor, with James Liebman, Jeffrey Fagan and Jonathan Lloyd, of Capital Attrition: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973–1995 in the Texas Law Review, and a technical report, A Broken System: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973–1995, with James Liebman and Jeffrey Fagan.
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
We extend earlier analyses of the factors that explain differences among the U.S. states in imprisonment rates by demonstrating the importance of state culture and political arrangements to the explanation of imprisonment rates, and growth in those rates, for the years 1971–1991.