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Four Percent More Prisoners in First Half of 1991

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Date Published
October 1991
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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, the State and Federal prison population grew by nearly 4 percent (30,149) during the first half of 1991 to reach a record 804,524 inmates.

The increase was well below the record 47,000 increase in prisoners during the first 6 months of 1989. The growth rate from June 1990 to June 1991 was 6.5 percent, the lowest annual percentage increase since 1984. During the reporting period, prisoners in the western states increased by over 5 percent, while those in the northeast, south, and midwest increased by 4.2 percent, 3.5 percent, and 3.5 percent, respectively. While 8 States had prisoner growth of at least 10 percent, 5 States recorded lower prison populations than the previous year. There were 33 sentenced female offenders per 100,000 females in the population and 588 sentenced male prisoners for every 100,000 males; women prisoners accounted for 5.7 percent of all inmates nationwide. 3 tables

Date Published: October 1, 1991