1 in 134 US residents are now in prison.
America's prison and jail population topped 2,258,983 inmates for the first time in history on December 31, 2006, according to a new report from the
Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). There are millions more that have been in prison, but have been released.
In 2005, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced approximately 23 million crimes. 5.2 million were crimes of violence, including 1 rape or sexual assault for every 1000 persons. More than three-fourths of felony defendants had a prior arrest history, with 53% having at least five prior arrest charges.
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