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Thursday, November 30, 2006

7 million in jail, on probation or parole

There's no such thing as too many prison statistics, and there's a new batch of them from the fount of all such numbers, the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • WASHINGTON - 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. Of those, 2.2 million were in prison or jail, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year.
  • 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.
  • In the 25-29 age group, 8.1 percent of black men — about one in 13 — are incarcerated, compared with 2.6 percent of Hispanic men and 1.1 percent of white men. And it's not much different among women. By the end of 2005, black women were more than twice as likely as Hispanics and over three times as likely as white women to be in prison.

The BJS website does not have the new annual report yet.

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