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Corrections Environmental Scan

Corrections Environmental Scan

The Corrections Environmental Scan continues to evolve into a popular tool that corrections practitioners use to inform their work in jails, prisons, and community supervision. The report is arranged into five topics: Population Demographics, Economy, Workforce, Technology, and Statistics, with the special highlighted topic. The Corrections Environmental Scan is intended to give a broad overview of the latest news and trends in these topics, from the corrections, domestic, and global perspectives that currently and historically shape the field of corrections.


Resources that provide information on the tools and machines used to solve problems, make our lives easier, or do new things globally, domestically, and within the field of corrections.


Resources that provide information on production and consumption globally, domestically, or within the field of corrections.


Resources that provide statistical data on the age, gender, and income of the global population, domestic population, and the corrections population. 


Resources that provide information about the people engaged in or available for work globally, domestically, or within the field of corrections. 



Worldwide activities, policies, or issues.


Activities, policies, or issues related the United States.


Functions carried out by government agencies involving treatment, supervision, or punishment of individuals in the criminal justice system.

Special Topics

Recruitment and Retention
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Three women from different ethnic backgrounds working together on a project at a table
Justice-Involved Women
a diverse group of women smiling

Previous Environmental Scans

Environmental Scan 2022
Environmental Scan 2021
Environmental Scan 2020
Environmental Scan 2019

Check out previous Environmental Scans

The National Institute of Corrections publishes this compilation of resources each year as an overview of what research indicates to be the trends in the corrections industry each year.
Accession Number: (2018) 033176, (2019) 033431, (2020) 033563, (2021) 033670, (2022) 033086, (2023) 033087