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November 30, 2006

Another (timely?) US punishment record

As noted here at TalkLeft and detailed in this AP article, a "record 7 million people — or one in every 32 American adults — were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of last year, according to the Justice Department."  Here are more particulars:

Of those, 2.2 million were in prison or jail, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday.  More than 4.1 million people were on probation and 784,208 were on parole at the end of 2005. Prison releases are increasing, but admissions are increasing more.

A can't yet find a link to the Bureau of Justice Statistics's report that has this new data, but I am sure it will be an interesting (and data-dense read) once available.

The timing of this report is notable because today in New York City begins The New School's Social Research Conference entitled "Punishment: The U.S. Record."   As noted before, the conference is designed to explore the "who, what, why and how we punish."  The invited speakers and the topics to be discussed (detailed here and here) are truly amazing; a detailed agenda can be found at this link.  I would be eager to hear (and post) reports from this conference sent my way by any attendees.

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