Archive for December, 2009

1 of every 133 Americans in prison or jail, Justice Dept. figures show

Posted in Articles on December 9, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

WASHINGTON – The U.S. prison population edged up slightly last year, though the number of total inmates dropped in 20 states, including New York, Georgia and Michigan.

Justice Department figures released Tuesday show the overall state and federal prison population stands at a record 1.6 million and is still rising, but the rate of growth is slowing as state authorities look for cheaper ways to mete out justice.

If you add in those people in jails – where some are held while they await trial – the total number of people behind bars comes to 2.3 million.

The government figures show one out of every 133 U.S. residents was in prison or jail at the end of last year.

The statistics are the latest evidence that the rapid growth of prisons seen in the 1990s has cooled significantly in this decade. Continue reading

US continues to lock ’em up

Posted in Articles on December 9, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

US Justice Department figures have shown the overall state and federal prison population stands at a record 2.3 million and is still rising.

One out of every 133 US residents is now in prison.

The biggest jump in incarceration figures was put down to immigration detainees, a third of whom originated from Mexico.

The population of prisoners has continued to edge up in all but 20 states, causing authorities to look for better and cheaper ways to deliver justice.

Politicians have realised prisons cost too much to maintain and are saving money with alternative sentencing programs, such as treatment or monitoring.

Officials released more prisoners during the year; some 735,454 prisoners.

Eight percent of those were pushed out without conditions.

source: http://story.floridastatesman.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/c08dd24cec417021/id/575060/cs/1/