Jail Population Increase Strains Local Budgets

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-08-20-jails-usat_x.htm Jail populations are increasing at near-record rates, raising costs for budget-strapped local governments. USA Today notes that Justice Department figures show that the number of inmates in city and county jails rose 5.4 percent last year, to 665,475. It was the largest jump in the population of local jails since 1997, and more than twice the rate of the inmate increase in state prisons. Jail inmates usually are . . .

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