Locked Up for a Long Time


Prisoners are spending much more time behind bars than they were two decades ago, according to a new report, Time Served: The High Cost Low Return of Longer Prison Terms, by the Pew Center on the States.

Inmates released in 2009 were imprisoned an average of nine additional months, or 36 percent longer, than offenders released in 1990, according to the report. Using National Corrections Reporting Program data from 35 states, which cover 89 percent of inmates released in 2009, Pew concluded that time served rose most rapidly, by 166 percent, in Florida.

Read the report here.

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