06/11/2010 02:06 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

New York's Inmate Population Lowest In 24 Years

Fewer inmates are behind bars in New York on any given day than at any time in the past 24 years, and the number admitted to the city's jail system has fallen below 100,000 for the first time since 1987.

While the plunge in the city's crime rate has undoubtedly been a critical factor, a number of other large cities where crime has also fallen have not seen a parallel drop in their jail population.