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One in 31: The long reach of American corrections.

Pew Center on the States
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Washington, DC: The Pew Charitable Trusts

With far less notice, the number of people on
probation or parole has skyrocketed to more than
5 million, up from 1.6 million just 25 years ago.
This means that 1 in 45 adults in the United
States is now under criminal justice supervision in
the community, and that combined with those in
prison and jail, a stunning 1 in every 31 adults, or
3.2 percent, is under some form of correctional
control. The rates are drastically elevated for men
(1 in 18) and blacks (1 in 11) and are even higher
in some high-crime inner-city neighborhoods. (excerpt)


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