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One out of every Thirty-Seven American Adults has 'Prison Experience'

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  1. Pierrot le Fou

    Pierrot le Fou IncGamers Member

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    One out of every Thirty-Seven American Adults has 'Prison Experience'

    Study: 1 in 37 U.S. adults have 'prison experience'
    Monday, August 18, 2003 Posted: 3:48 PM EDT (1948 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- About one in every 37 U.S. adults was either imprisoned at the end of 2001 or had been incarcerated at one time, the government reported Sunday.

    The 5.6 million people with "prison experience" represented about 2.7 percent of the adult population of 210 million as of December 31, 2001, the report found. The study by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics looks at people who served a sentence for a crime in state or federal prison, not those temporarily held in jail.

    The study is the first to measure the prevalence of prison time among American adults. Last month, the bureau reported that a record 2.1 million people were in federal, state or local custody at the end of 2002.

    Between 1974 and 2001, the number of current and former inmates rose by 3.8 million, the study found. Of those, 2.7 million were former inmates.

    Experts say the growing numbers of ex-prisoners means more people in society have difficulty finding jobs because they have felony convictions. Many cannot vote and they are more likely to have family or emotional problems that exact a toll on state and local government budgets.

    "We're talking about a large number of people -- bigger than a lot of countries in Western Europe -- who face the barriers that exist when you have been in the correctional system," said Jason Zeidenberg, director of policy and research at the Justice Policy Institute, which advocates alternatives to prison. "That's a really upsetting number."

    The number of people sent to prison for the first time tripled from 1974 to 2001 as sentences got tougher, especially for drug offenses. There are more ex-prisoners as well, the result of longer life expectancies and a larger U.S. population.

    Prison experiences vary greatly by gender and ethnic origin.

    "At every age, men have higher chances of going to prison than women, and blacks and Hispanics have higher chances than whites," statistician Thomas P. Bonczar said in the report.

    Almost 5 percent of men in 2001 had done prison time, compared with less than 1 percent of women.

    Almost 17 percent of black men in 2001 had prison experience, compared with 7.7 percent of Hispanic men and 2.6 percent of white men. The percentage of black women with prison time was 1.7 percent, compared with less than 1 percent of Hispanic and white women.

    No matter their ethnic origin, people between ages 35 and 44 in 2001 had the highest rates of lifetime incarceration -- 6.5 percent for men, almost 1 percent for women.

    About one-third of the former prisoners in 2001 still were under correctional system supervision, including 166,000 in local jails. The rest were either on parole or on probation.

    The study projects that, by 2010, about 3.4 percent of the adult U.S. population will have had served time in prison. That translates to about 7.7 million people.

    If 2001 incarceration rates remain the same, about 6.6 percent of people born that year can expect to serve a prison sentence during their lifetimes, based on life expectancy tables, the study said.

    That compares with 5.2 percent of those born in 1991 and 1.9 percent of people born in 1974, according to the estimates.

    About 11.3 percent of men and 1.8 percent of women born in 2001 will go to prison during their lifetimes. For black males, that translates into a one in three chance of doing time, compared with one in six for Hispanic males and one in 17 for white males, according to the projections. ​

    Source: CNN

    I think Steve's our man. We sacrifice him to the Gods of stupid laws that put harmless non-violent drug offenders away. That's cool with you all, right?

    Seriously though, ew.
     
  2. AeroJonesy

    AeroJonesy IncGamers Member

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    Does being arrested and held count, or does it have to be a sentence?
     
  3. Anakha1

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    You can probably safely assume that 'incarceration' has conviction as a qualifier. I could be wrong, though, as people like to manipulate statistics.

    I'm not surprised, though. The U.S. has a pretty bad crime rate.
     
  4. guspasho

    guspasho IncGamers Member

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    Dude, guys, read the article!

    :rolleyes:
     
  5. Beastie Boy

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    Im a Correctional Officer, Does that count??
     
  6. Ash Housewares

    Ash Housewares IncGamers Member

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    is that a euphemism for homosexual experience?
     
  7. Anakha1

    Anakha1 Banned

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    Doh. Half-assed answer meets its maker. :bonk:
     
  8. toader

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    Wow.

    11% of men and only 2% of women born in 2001 will serve time. Does that mean 1:10 bratty kids I see I can kick them because I know one day they will be bad people?

    Seriously, I dont like this imbalance. Ladies, step up to the plate a little here. We need to balance this out to an even 6.5% each.
     
  9. Nastie_Bowie

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    I still think a rope would be cheaper.

    NB :D
     
  10. Intolerance

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    System Of A Down - Prison Song

    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    Following the rights movement
    You clamped on with your iron fists
    Drugs became conveniently
    Available for all the kids
    Following the rights movement
    You clamped on with your iron fists
    Drugs became conveniently
    Available for all the kids
    I buy my crack, I smack my *****
    Right here in hollywood
    **nearly 2 million americans are
    incarcerated in the prison system
    prison system of the US**
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    (for you and me to live in)
    Another prison system
    Another prison system
    Another prison system
    (for you and me to live in)
    Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
    you don't even flinch
    all our taxes paying for your wars
    against the new non-rich
    Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
    you don't even flinch
    all our taxes paying for your wars
    against the new non-rich
    I buy my crack, I smack my *****
    right here in hollywood
    **The percentage of americans in the prison system
    prison system has doubled since 1985**
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    (for you and me to live in)
    Another prison system
    Another prison system
    Another prison system
    For you and I, For you and I, For you and I.
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    For you and me
    Oh baby, you and me.
    All research and successful drug policy show
    that treatment should be increased
    And law enforcement decreased
    While abolishing mandatory minimun sentences
    All research and successful drug policy show
    that treatment should be increased
    And law enforcement decreased
    While abolishing mandatory minimun sentences
    Utilising drugs to pay for secret wars around the world
    drugs are now your global policy now you police the globe
    I buy my crack, I smack my *****
    right here in hollywood
    **Drug money is used to rig elections
    and train brutal corporate sponsored dictators
    around the world**
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    (for you and me to live in)
    Another prison system
    Another prison system
    Another prison system
    (for you and me to live in)
    For you and I, for you and I, for you and I
    For you and I
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    They're trying to build a prison
    for you and me
    oh baby, you and me
     
  11. Nastie_Bowie

    Nastie_Bowie Banned

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    Woody Guthrie, you ain't.

    NB :lol:
     
  12. llad12

    llad12 IncGamers Member

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    Hmm ... so does anybody know the percentage of violent to non-violent offenders that are imprisoned and how that ratio has changed over the last few years?
     
  13. Choogy

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    I was studying something for Florida in my law class, that the violent (****, murder, assault) type crimes are down and that the ones of larceny, burglary, and robbery are up from 2002 to 2003

    But thats just florida...
     
  14. maccool

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    As of 1996, 72% of inmates were nonviolent offenders. Source

    Something else.

     
  15. AeroJonesy

    AeroJonesy IncGamers Member

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    There may not be direct harm, but being a drug dealer supplies the murderous drug lords in Colombia with an enormous amount of money.
     
  16. maccool

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    What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Or the data? Nice generalization, but no one brought up any sort of drug issue.

    Since you did, I think you've watched to many of those anti-drug PSA's Jonesy. Not every nonviolent offender is a drug dealer and not all drug lords are from South America.
     
  17. AeroJonesy

    AeroJonesy IncGamers Member

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    Actually Mac, I draw my experience from living in South America, not seeing a commercial. And I think it's a reasonable conclusion that much of the increase in non-violent offenders in jails is due to the war on drugs.
     
  18. Yaboosh

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    Aero, know that no matter how many drug dealers you put away, the business you take away from them is going to be supplemented by other drug dealers who are new or vets to it.

    In general, Incapacitation does not work to any significant effect. Three strikes laws are a joke. Rehabilitation didnt work. Retribution is silly. Prisons are basically there because....well....they are just sorta there.

    You gotta love that 53% of people (around there anyway) in federal prison are there on drug charges, and something like 24% in state prison are on drug charges.

    Another thing is that prisons are at max capacity. You arrest more people, they just push people out that are in prison now. We have been at full load for a good while now.

    One more thing. Prison populations were incredibly stable until 1980, when they SKYROCKETED. The interesting thing? Crime had been dropping before the skyrocket and continued to drop until max capacitance and has still been dropping. We imprison more people for less crime, and there is little to no evidence that imprisoning people is the cause for this.
     
  19. Anyee

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    Aero, a lot of those non-violent offenders aren't dealers. They're kids caught with pot sentenced under extreme harsh drug laws. Supporting that hippie dude up the block by smoking weed is different than dealing heroin and helping FARC.

    There's also the conundrum of what to do once you release that prison population. During the "cleanup" of boston's South End, the cops put away a lot of black males for various crimes. During the average 10-year incarceration, the area was gentrified (i.e. terraformed by weathly homosexuals). When the men were released, where could they go? They were priced out of their former homes and shut out of education and jobs by jail. Yay prisons.
     
  20. Yaboosh

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    The majority of them are dealers Anyee.
     

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