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Thursday, February 28, 2008

PEW Center states 1 In Every 99 Americans Now Behind Bars

Are we more lawless or more strict? In a report from ABC affiliate wcbstv in New York it looks like 1 in every 99 Americans are behind bars:

For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population...The report, released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States, said the 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the report said.....Using updated state-by-state data, the report said 2,319,258 adults were held in U.S. prisons or jails at the start of 2008 -- one out of every 99.1 adults, and more than any other country in the world...By contrast, in mid 2002 the ratio was 1 in 142, with the prison population surpassing 2 million for the first time...The steadily growing inmate population "is saddling cash-strapped states with soaring costs they can ill afford and failing to have a clear impact either on recidivism or overall crime," said the report.

Read Here:http://wcbstv.com/national/prison.americans.prison.2.665053.html

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