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Prisoners in 1997

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

ADVANCE FOR RELEASE AT 4:30 P.M. EDT               BJS
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 1998                    202/307-0784
      

       NATION'S PRISON POPULATION INCREASED
         BY MORE THAN 5 PERCENT DURING 1997

     WASHINGTON, D.C.--The nation's adult prison population
grew by 5.2 percent last year--somewhat less than the
average annual growth rate of 7 percent recorded since 1990,
the Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
announced today. The additional 61,186 men andwomen brought
the total to 1,244,554 state and federal inmates.