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Thursday, February 15, 2007

The State With the Greatest Prison Growth. . .Montana?

From greatfallstribune.com: Based on current trends, Montana is projected to have the nation's greatest growth in prison population over the next five years.

Montana could house 41 percent more prisoners by 2011, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.That would raise Montana's incarceration rate from 298 per 100,000 people in 2006 to 414 in 2011, which would still be below the projected 50-state average of 480 inmates per 100,000 people in five years. The Montana projections are based on statistics from the state Department of Corrections.

"This forecast is an image of what may be, not necessarily what will be," Corrections spokesman Bob Anez said Tuesday. "It assumes no changes, but we're making a lot of changes.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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