216,000 Federal Inmates Projected By 2010

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Expected steady growth in the federal prison population could mean a total of more than 216,000 by the year 2010, Harley Lappin, the new Bureau of Prisons director, said today. Federal facilities held only 25,600 prisoners in 1980. Now, each of six administrative regions of the prison bureau incarcerates more than that number. While the population of some state prison systems has stabilized or declined, an additional 9,000 federal inmates is likely in each of the next few years, Lappin told the National Committee on Community Corrections. There are about 172,000 inmates now. Unlike the . . .

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