America’s Prison, Jail Populations Up 2.9 Percent

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Inmate population in the U.S. grew 2.9 percent last year, to almost 2.1 million, with one of every 75 men living in prison or jail, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics attributes much of the increase to get-tough policies enacted during the 1980s and ’90s, including mandatory drug sentences,
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