Using maps to understand incarceration rates

10/3/2012 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

Officials in cities such as New Haven, Conn., are using maps prepared by the Justice Mapping Center to better understand incarceration rates in their areas. The center maps the residential addresses of inmates and identifies census blocks where more than $1 million is being dedicated to incarcerate residents. "In all honesty, what we mapped was not a big surprise to people," said Eric Cadora, the center's director. "But when you actually gather the real data ... on maps, [it becomes] immediately understandable to people who didn't see it -- like legislators, city council people, researchers."

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