The U.S. incarcerates a higher portion of its population.

Author:Scafuri, Jenna
Position:Inter Alia - Brief article - Statistical data
 
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The U.S. incarcerates a higher portion of its population (754 per 100,000 people in 2008) than any other country in the world, according to a report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. This rate is about 240 percent higher than it was in 1980. The report estimates that reducing the current incarceration rate of nonviolent offenders by one-half could save state governments $7.6 billion and local governments $7.2 billion in annual correctional expenses without decreasing public safety. Nonviolent offenders currently make up 60 percent of prison and jail...

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