American Total In Corrections Nears 7 Million

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The number of Americans in prison, jail, on probation, or parole grew by 130,700 last year to reach a new high of nearly 6.9 million, says the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The bureau says that amounts to one in every 32 U.S. adults. Kentucky had the largest percentage increase in probation and parole, 17.2 percent. Washington State has the highest number under probation/parole supervision; New Hampshire the lowest. The growth in numbers under correctional control likely is due to the continued effect of tougher sentencing laws passed in the 1980s and . . .

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