While the state has shifted some policies to keep more people out of prison, a new study shows the state still has a heavy lean towards incarceration.
The report from the Council for State Governments Justice Center shows of all felony convictions in 2012, 76 percent were sentenced to either jail or prison, up from 70 percent in 2008.
It also found that of those sentenced for crimes where prison, jail or probation would be appropriate, only 12 percent were given probation and 56 percent went to county jail.
In 2012, 74 percent of those convicted of the least serious felonies were incarcerated. That was up from 61 percent in 2008.
Gongwer news service reports prosecutors saw the increases being the result of the state's crime problem, while defense attorneys saw a push in statute toward more incarceration and longer minimum sentences.