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“According to a new report by the Vera Institute of Justice, the geography of incarceration has shifted to smaller, rural counties. These are the places driving the increase in local jail population since the 1970s; Urban jails, while still massive, have seen the least growth.”

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“Not surprisingly given the way the media markets operate, most stories have focused on larger metro populations,” says Laurie Garduque, director of justice reform at the MacArthur Foundation, which sponsored the study. “This is sort of an example of something hidden in plain sight.”

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