Thursday, December 10, 2009

Decline In US Prison Population

The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report earlier this week stating that for the first time in more than three decades, 20 states reported a decline in the number of people in prison during 2008. Across the country, states are sending fewer people to prison as they struggle with the severe economic recession.

These new figures document that the dramatic growth in the U.S. prison population over the past 30 years may be finally leveling off. However, the U.S. rate of incarceration of 754 per 100,000 people remains the highest in the world and about five to eight times that of other industrialized nations.

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