Inmate Population Declines For Third Straight Year

The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report on the prison inmate population for midyear 2011.  By June 2011, there were 735,601 inmates in county and city jails.  The inmate population has declined for three straight years, and the incarceration rate is now at 236 per 100,000 U.S. residents, the lowest since 2002. Whites accounted for 45% of the population, followed by blacks with 38%, and Hispanics with 15% of the population.  The report also noted that jails with populations over 1,000 accounted for more than half of the decline.  Lastly, though population continues to decline, the rated capacity – the number of beds or inmates allotted to each facility – has dropped every year since 2000.  The percentage of the rated capacity filled was 84%, the lowest since 1984.
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