State felon population projected to grow by 12 percent by 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's felon population is projected to grow by 12 percent over the next eleven years.

The Oversight Committee on Corrections received that figure on Monday from the state Corrections Department.

The department commissioned a research company to analyze growth between 2007 and 2019.

In 2007, the felon population was 26,849. By 2019, it's projected to be 29,983, an increase of about 3,000 inmates.

Wendy Naro-Ware is vice president of JFA Associates, which did the research. She says the company bases its projections on previous trends in admissions and length-of-stay data, among other things.

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