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NCJ Number: 34426 Find in a Library
Title: US PRISON POPULATION HITS ALL-TIME HIGH
Journal: CORRECTIONS MAGAZINE  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:(MARCH 1976)  Pages:9-17 AND 20
Author(s): S GETTINGER
Corporate Author: Correctional Information Service, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Correctional Information Service, Inc
New York, NY 10017
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A SURVEY OF THE STATES SHOWS THAT 49 OF THEM EXPERIENCED PRISON POPULATION INCREASES IN 1975 -- THE 1975 TOTAL OF 250,000 INMATES IS THE HIGHEST SINCE THE 220,000 OF 1962.
Abstract: 1974 AND 1975 END-OF-YEAR PRISON POPULATION FIGURES ARE GIVEN FOR THE STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND THE U.S. BUREAU OF PRISONS. THE HIGH POPULATION MAKES OVERCROWDING AT MOST FACILITIES INEVITABLE, AND THERE ARE OFTEN THREE OR FOUR IN A ONE-MAN CELL. REASONS FOR THE INCREASE ARE PROPOSED -- THEY INCLUDE SOARING CRIME RATES, IMPROVED PROSECUTION, AND TOUGHER ATTITUDES TOWARDS CRIMINALS. MANY STATES ARE RESPONDING TO THE INCREASES WITH BUILDING PROGRAMS ALTHOUGH THEY SUSPECT THAT THE NEW INSTITUTIONS WOULD BE OVERCROWDED AS SOON AS THEY WERE OPENED. ALTERNATIVES ARE SCARCE, HOWEVER, AND CORRECTIONS ADMINISTRATORS HAVE, IN MANY CASES, RESIGNED THEMSELVES TO CONSTRUCTING NEW FACILITIES.
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Inmates; Overcrowding; Surveys
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