New Report: 1 of Every 32 Adults In Jail or Under Supervision

The Justice Department's Bureau of Statistics has released its second report this week on the nation's prison population. Titled Bureau of Justice Statistics Probation and Parole in the United States, 2002, we learn the following:

One in every 32 adults is now on probation, parole or incarcerated.

That's 3.1% of the adult population in the U.S.

Of the more than 2 million probationers discharged from supervision, 62 percent successfully completed the terms of their supervision, 14 percent were reincarcerated because of a rule violation or a new offense, 13 percent had their probation sentence revoked without incarceration and 3 percent had absconded.

As of last December 31, about 1 in 5 probationers were women. More than half were white, 1 in 3 were black, 1 in 8 were Hispanic and 2 percent were of other races.

The bulletin, "Probation and Parole in the United States, 2002" (NCJ-201135), was written by BJS Statistician Lauren E. Glaze. Single copies may be obtained by calling the BJS Clearinghouse at 1-800-851-3420.

You can also read the whole thing here.

This past Sunday, the Justice Department released a report finding that 1 of every 37 adults in the U.S. has done time. The report also found that:

A black male will have a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison while a hispanic male's chance is 1 in 6 and a white male has a 1 in 17 chance...

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