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The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences
by Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration , Committee on Law and Justice, National Research Council
After decades of stability from the 1920s to the early 1970s, the rate of imprisonment in the United States more than quadrupled during the last four decades. The U.S. penal population of 2.2 million adults is by far the largest in the world. Just under one-quarter of the world's prisoners are held in American prisons. The U.S. rate of incarceration, with nearly 1 out of ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published May 24th 2014 by National Academies Press
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After half a century of being relative stable since the 1920’s, the proportion of the US population confined to prison began to rise steadily after 1972. From 1973 to 2009, the prison population rose dramatically, from about 200,000 to 1.5 million, then declined slightly during the following 4 years. In recent years, more than half the states have reduced their prison populations but the federal prison population has continued to grow. In addition to those in prisons, another 700,000 adults are ...more