Friday, January 18, 2008

The U.S. Incarceration Mentality

The Bureau of Justice statistics on Prisoners in 2005 says Federal prisons were operating at 34% above capacity. State prisons were operating between 1% below and 14% above capacity.

This was 3 years ago.

Why the high rate? Possibilities include:
  • 3-strikes rule
  • War on drugs
  • Probations extending many years
  • Politicians "getting tough on crime"
  • Mandatory sentencing
See the map below to see the projected 2006 incarceration rate by U.S. state.


incarcerex said...

I don't get it. So how does projections map to actualy situation then?

Garry said...

It was bad then (latest statistics), and it's getting worse.