UPDATED: 6:08 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
The number of inmates in Pennsylvania's prison system is continuing to decline, with the population last year falling by about 860 prisoners to fewer than 48,500.
The Wolf administration said Monday the 2017 drop represents the fourth straight year that the total inmate population has gone down. Administration officials call last year's decrease the largest on record.
Pennsylvania ended last year with about 3,300 fewer inmates than five years earlier.