Tue, 03 Mar 2009 18:03:44 GMT
A record high-number of 7.3 million Americans were behind bars or under a correction system in the US in 2007, according to a research.
The record-high number, one in every 31 adults, includes people in prison or jail, and on probation or parole.
The results of the research conducted by Pew Center further indicated on Monday that America’s prison population has skyrocketed over the past quarter century.
In 1982, 1 in 77 adults were in the correctional system in one form or another, totaling 2.2 million people.
Most of those in the US corrections system — one in 45 — are already on probation or parole, with one in 100 in prison or jail, the Pew study found.
7.3 million in the US prison system
By Kate Randall
4 March 2009
A study released this week by the Pew Center on the States delivers a staggering statistic: 7.3 million Americans-or 1 in every 31 adults-are in the nation’s prison system. This figure includes those in US jails and prisons, on parole, on probation, or under other forms of correctional supervision.
No other country comes close to matching this number. If these individuals were grouped together, they would number more than the entire populations of Israel or Honduras, or all of the residents of Washington state.
The new study “One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections,” follows a study by the Pew Center last year that found the US leading the world in the rate at which it puts its people behind bars: 1 in 100, or 2.3 million people.
US leads world in imprisoning its people
More than one in 100 adults behind bars
By Kate Randall
29 February 2008
In both raw figures and as a percentage of the population, the US is the world leader in the rate at which it puts its people behind bars. A new report using state-by-state data says a record 2,319,258 Americans were in jail or prison at the start of 2008—one out of every 99.1 adults.
The report by the Pew Center on the States also documents record increases in financial outlays for incarceration, with the 50 US states spending more than $49 billion on prisons last year, almost five times more than the $11 billion spent 20 years ago.