While the total prison population declined 1.7 percent in 2012 from 2011, the federal prison population increased by approximately 1,500. Federal prisons are currently operating at nearly 40 percent above capacity with more than 219,000 inmates, a growth since 1980 of almost 800 percent. Almost half the federal prison population is serving time for drug-related crimes, in addition to more than 9 million who go through local jails each year.See full article here.
Monday, August 12, 2013
National Review notes: