January 29, 2013

Federal prison occupany unprecedented

Secrecy News - "Since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population," a new report from the Congressional Research Service observes.

"The number of inmates under the Bureau of Prisons' jurisdiction has increased from approximately 25,000 in FY1980 to nearly 219,000 in FY2012. Since FY1980, the federal prison population has increased, on average, by approximately 6,100 inmates each year. Data show that a growing proportion of inmates are being incarcerated for immigration- and weapons-related offenses, but the largest portion of newly admitted inmates are being incarcerated for drug offenses."

"Changes in federal sentencing and correctional policy since the early 1980s have contributed to the rapid growth in the federal prison population," CRS explained. "These changes include increasing the number of federal offenses subject to mandatory minimum sentences; changes to the federal criminal code that have made more crimes federal offenses; and eliminating parole."

A number of secondary problems are attributable to the rapid growth in incarceration, CRS said, including rising financial costs, overcrowding, and deteriorating prison infrastructure.


1 comment:

flip said...

There currently is a incentive to incarcerate citizens called prison industries. Modern slavery exists legally and it is the same thing. If you are in prison and you are required to work for a private company you get paid a little over a buck. Prior to I think 1953 all prisons in America were self sufficient or cost taxpayers nothing to house. They made their own clothes and food and that is what they should be curently doing.