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Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's incarceration rate dropped 36 percent between 2001 and 2012, even as the national rate rose 3 percent. Crime dropped 32 percent over the same period. The decrease in people being locked up was attributed to judges and correction department officials using community-based alternative programs. The cost of jailing people has risen however, with the city spending $168,000 per inmate inmate last year compared to $92,500 in 2001.

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