1 in Every 136 U.S. Residents Are in Jail
The latest numbers in Prison Nation reveal a reliance on incarceration that continues unabated.
Prisons and jails added more than 1,000 inmates each week for a year, putting almost 2.2 million people, or one in every 136 U.S. residents, behind bars by last summer.
As always, black men are disproportionately incarcerated. As usual, red states lead the way.
In the 25-29 age group, an estimated 11.9 percent of black men were in prison or jails, compared with 3.9 percent of Hispanic males and 1.7 percent of white males.
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