The latest BJS report, Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2005 , reveals that the U.S. incarceration rate (people incarcerated divided by population multiplied times 100,000) has increased to all all-time high of 738, with the federal government's leadership. The incarceration rate grew at a combined 3.4% annual rate from 1995 to 2005, including increases in federal (7.4%), state (2.5%) and jail (3.9%) populations. Table 1, taken from the report, shows over two million one hundred and eighty five thousand inmates in custody, for an overall rate of 738 per 100,000 population.
Then there are vastly different rates of incarceration by gender and race. See below:
The BJS report data are not broken down enough to ascertain whether the West has disproportionate representation of blacks and hispanics than other regions.Posted by jackson at May 27, 2006 06:37 AM