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Friday, 01 December, 2006

Prison Stats
(with comments)

By the numbers: 1 in 32 Americans in jails, on parole.

A record 7 million people - or one in every 32 American adults - were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of last year, according to the Justice Department. Of those, 2.2 million were in prison or jail, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday.

More than 4.1 million people were on probation and 784,208 were on parole at the end of 2005. Prison releases are increasing, but admissions are increasing more.

What a negative headline! Why didn't they use this one? 31 in 32 Americans are not in jail, on parole.


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  1. By J-W #656. Comment posted 01-Dec-2006 @10:18am:
    This 3.13% figure will soon skyrocket when "they" start arresting all of us smokers.
  2. By Equivocator. Comment posted 01-Dec-2006 @03:34pm:
    If you know 31 people who are not in prison, then start running.
  3. By Pancho. Comment posted 01-Dec-2006 @10:03pm:
    Wonder how many of the 7M are in the can for a personal drug use offense.
  4. By Ivan Quentin. Comment posted 02-Dec-2006 @10:46am:
    Here's a question that I have been wondering about for some time: In addition to the 7 million who are NOW (or were at the end of last year) behind bars, on probation, or on parole, how many more Americans are not now, but HAVE AT SOME TIME IN THE PAST, been behind bars, on probation or on parole? I bet THAT number would be even more shocking!
  5. By Debb. Comment posted 06-Dec-2006 @09:26am:
    Why didn't they use the one you proposed? Because the former sells papers.
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