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The New York Times > National > U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High

The New York Times > National > U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High: "July 26, 2004
U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High
By FOX BUTTERFIELD

The number of Americans under the control of the criminal justice system grew by 130,700 last year to reach a new high of nearly 6.9 million, according to a Justice Department report released today.
The total includes people in jail and prison as well as those on probation and parole. This is about 3.2 percent of the adult population in the United States, the report said.
The growth in what the report termed the 'correctional population' comes at a time when the crime rate nationwide has been relatively stable for several years. It also comes when many states, faced with budget deficits, have passed new, less strict sentencing laws in an attempt to reduce the number of inmates."

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