One in every 138 U.S. residents in prison
Unfortunately there are still too many sick scumbags on the loose that should be in jail but, are not.
(Watch yourself and don't get too close; They toss poop, pee, spit, jackoff and fart in your general direction.)
WASHINGTON -- Growing at a rate of about 900 inmates a week between mid-2003 and mid-2004, the nation's prisons and jails held 2.1 million people, or one in every 138 U.S. residents, the government reported Sunday.
By last June 30, there were 48,000 more inmates, or 2.3 percent more, than the year before, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The total inmate population has hovered around 2 million for the past few years.
The number of people in prison and jail is outpacing the number of inmates released, said the reports coauthor, Paige Harrison. She said the increase can be attributed to policies enacted during the 1980s and 1990s, such as mandatory drug sentences, three-strikes-and-you're-out laws for repeat offenders and truth-in-sentencing laws that restrict early releases.
"We're working under the burden of laws and practices that have developed over 30 years that have focused on punishment and prison as our primary response to crime," said Malcolm Young, executive director of the Sentencing Project, which promotes alternatives to prison.
(Like maybe a first class hanging or a firing squad?)
According to the Justice Policy Institute, which advocates a more lenient system of punishment, the United States has a higher rate of incarceration than any other country, followed by Britain, China, France, Japan and Nigeria.(Oh..and it is important to follow instead of lead?)
According to the report, one in every 138 U.S. residents was in prison or jail in 2004; the previous year, it was one in every 140.
In 2004, 61 percent of prison and jail inmates were of racial or ethnic minorities, the government said. An estimated 12.6 percent of all black men in their late 20s were in jails or prisons, as were 3.6 percent of Hispanic men and 1.7 percent of white men in that age group, the report said.
The U.S. incarceration rate, 726 people per 100,000, is the highest in the world, according to the Justice Policy Institute.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in 2003, 15 percent of U.S. households were victimized by violent crime or thefts compared with 25 percent in 1994.(So... A drop in violent crime is a good thing ...right?)
But Malcolm Young, executive director of The Sentencing Project, which advocates alternatives to prisons for less serious offenders, concedes the increasing inmate population has contributed to the drop in crime in the United States in recent years.
(WOW!... Keeping criminals in jail decreases crime? Who'da thunk-it?)
"The fairest statement is that some portion of the decrease in crime can be attributed to increases in incarceration," said Young.
"We've had 30 years of increasing rates of incarceration. For the first two decades, in round numbers, crime went up and then down again, but overall up. But, since 1992-93, crime rates have been falling [and] incarceration rates have continued to go up."
"Crime rates are now down to a low that brings us close to where we were in the 1960s, when we embarked on the prison-building polices that left us with too many people in jails and prisons," said Young.
(TOO MANY people in jails and prisons MALCOLM? Apparently not enough see capital punishment or not the right ones.)
For more information, go to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Web site, www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs.