Friday, February 29, 2008

America Imprisoned

One in 100 Americans is in prison. Untold others are on probation or parole. And millions of the rest of Americans work in cubicles.
Nationwide, the prison population grew by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million. Another 723,000 people are in local jails. The number of American adults is about 230 million, meaning that one in every 99.1 adults is behind bars.

Incarceration rates are even higher for some groups. One in 36 Hispanic adults is behind bars, based on Justice Department figures for 2006. One in 15 black adults is, too, as is one in nine black men between the ages of 20 and 34.

1 comment:

MT said...

Is this why the U.S. average number of vacation days per year is so low, because so many of us are doing 5 to 10?