Sedgwick County’s incarceration rate is higher than the national rate, a Wichita State University professor told commissioners this morning.
Delores Craig-Moreland, an associate professor of criminal justice at WSU, said that by 2004, the county’s incarceration rate exceeded the national rate by 16 percent. From 2004 to 2008, the national incarceration rate rose by 6 percent while it rose by 11 percent here, she said.
In 2008, the incarceration rate per 100,000 residents nationally was 258 and 318 in Sedgwick County.
“It continues to rise,” Craig-Moreland said, adding that the “main contributing factor is legislation that makes certain crimes” punishable by time in jail.
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