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*The Crime Growth Industry Is Prospering!

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    J.A.I.L. News Journal ____________________________________________________ Los Angeles, California September 18, 2001
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 18 2:27 PM
      J.A.I.L. News Journal
      Los Angeles, California                                      September 18, 2001 
      Crime Pays
      Build More Prisons and Fill'em Up
      The Crime Growth Industry Is Prospering!
      Below are the official government statistics regarding the growth of the prison industry. Business is good, although expanding at a slower rate. The U.S. Prison Growth Industry is second only to General Motors among U.S. businesses. No other country in the world even comes close to competing with the U.S. in the percentage of its population behind bars.

      Record Numbers in Corrections System

      WASHINGTON (AP) --  The number of adults behind bars, on parole or on probation reached a record 6.47 million in 2000 -- or one in 32 American adults, the government reported Sunday. ....

      Over the past two decades, the number of adults in the corrections system has tripled, so they now make up 3.1 percent of the country's adult population, compared with 1 percent in 1980, said Allen J. Beck, a chief researcher with the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. ....

      During the 1990s, the corrections population increased 49 percent. By the end of last year, there were 2.1 million more adults in the system than there were in 1990.

      The rate of growth was 2 percent between 1999 and 2000, compared with an average of 4 percent during the 1990s. ....
      The percentage of women in the prison population, as well as their
      percentages among probationers and parolees, rose.

      The states with the largest percentage of their adult population in the
      corrections system were Georgia, 6.8 percent, and Texas, 5 percent. At the other end were West Virginia, New Hampshire and North Dakota, each with 0.9 percent.

      Bureau of Justice Statistics:  http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs

      AP-NY-08-26-01 2130 EDT Copyright 2001

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