Fewer Americans are Now Going Prison Highlighting a Shift in US Policy

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Closely read the authentic text 'Fewer Americans Are Now Going to Prison, Highlighting a Shift in U.S. Policy' citing textual evidence to answer research-based comprehension questions aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

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Fewer Americans are Now Going Prison Highlighting a Shift in US Policy (ReadWorks)

What happened to the United States prison population in 2012? 
According to the article, what do experts say about the three-year fall in the U.S. prison population?  
What does the word reform mean in this sentence? 
The passage discusses several possible causes of the decrease in U.S. prison population from 2010-2012. Identify two of them.  
Based on information from the passage, make a prediction about whether the U.S. prison population will go up or down next year. Explain your answer with evidence from the passage.  
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