Friday, June 20, 2008

Prison Nation

As of Dec. 31, 2006, the U.S. prison population stood at 2,258,983 ahead of #2 China and #3 Russian Federation. Expect the U.S. to stay at Number 1 for a while.  Prosecutions of immigration crimes hit an all-time high in March 2008. Immigration cases accounted for 57 percent of all new federal criminal cases. The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports that the three highest offenses for incarceration today are:

1. Drug offenses.

2. Weapons, Explosives, Arson.

3. Immigration

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Remember, this is just federal. As shown below, we are imprisoning a relatively small % for immigration crimes relative to the total prison population.

Immigration: 20,018
divided by
U.S. prison population 2,258,983

= < 1%

Now if we really want to put a dent in our massive prison population, the obvious place to start is reforming drug offenses. They are about 5 times higher than immigration just in the federal system but are also huge in the state prisons. The drug sentences are also a LOT longer than the 1 month immigration average.

Posted by: Jack | Jun 21, 2008 5:28:37 AM

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