U.S. Jail Count Rose 21% Between 1999 and 2013 To 731,570

The number of inmates in local U.S. jails increased by 21 percent between 1999 and 2013, from 605,943 to 731,570, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. The population growth was not steady during the period. There was a peak of 785,533 inmates in 2008. Most jail inmates stay for only a short time;
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