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The U.S. Inmate Population

His_Cuffs.jpg I previously blogged about the numbers of U.S. citizens arrested abroad. Here are some facts from The World Almanac 2008 about prisoners in the U.S. (pages 110-115):

  • Number held in state and federal prisons and local jails, mid-2006: 2,245,189
  • Largest prison populations by number of inmates, mid-2006: Federal (191,080), California (175,115), Texas (172,889)
  • State or federal prison incarceration rate (sentenced prisoners* per 100,000 residents), mid-2006: 497
  • States with highest incarceration rates (sentenced prisoners* per 100,000 residents), mid-2006: Louisiana (835), Texas (687), Mississippi (661)
  • States with largest percentage increase in its prison population, mid-1995 to mid-2006: North Dakota (129.7%), West Virginia (121.8%), Wisconsin (116.6%)
  • Number of male inmates per 100,000 male U.S. residents, mid-2006: 1,384
  • Number of female inmates per 100,000 female U.S. residents, mid-2006: 134

The latest crime statistics can also be found on the websites of the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI.

*With a sentence of more than one year.

Photo: "His Cuffs" by *One*.

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