Race to Incarcerate

29 02 2008

A new report by the Pew Center on the States on the nation’s prison population has found 1 percent of all adults in the United States is behind bars. And that’s not all. According to Pew the national prison population tripled during the last two decades. Expenditures on correctional facilities went up up from $19.38 billion to $44.06 billion in inflation adjusted dollars.

See graphs below.

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Download the report here.

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