Private prisons in the U.S. incarcerated 126,272 people in 2015, representing 8 percent of the total state and federal prison population, according to a new analysis by The Sentencing Project. The number of people housed in private prisons has increased 45 percent since 2000. States show significant variation in their use of private facilities: New Mexico and Montana incarcerate more than 40 percent of their prison . . .
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