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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:41 AM

Federal Prison Population Spiked 790 Percent Since 1980

Federal Prison Population Spiked 790 Percent Since 1980

By Nicole Flatow

The U.S. federal prison population has increased almost 790 percent since 1980 from about 25,000 inmates to 219,000 in 2012, according to a new Congressional Research report. Federal prisons make up the largest component of a U.S. prison system that dwarfs all others in the world. The agency tasked with providing policy analysis to Congress attributes the spike to a host of tough-on-crime reforms that include draconian mandatory minimum sentences, the elimination of parole for any federal crime committed after 1987, and increasing enforcement by federal officials:

Research by the Urban Institute found that increases in expected time served contributed to half of the prison population growth between 1998 and 2010. The increase in amount of time inmates were expected to serve was probably partially the result of inmates receiving longer sentences and partially the result of inmates being required to serve approximately 85% of their sentences after Congress eliminated parole for federal prisoners.

Noting diminishing safety returns in incarcerating nonviolent individuals in prison for short-term stints, CRS urges Congress to consider repealing or reducing the sentences for mandatory minimums, repealing federal criminal statutes wholesale, and expanding early release and probation programs, particularly for nonviolent criminals, which in 2010 made up just 6.4 percent of the federal prison population. Those incarcerated for drug and immigration offenses, meanwhile, make up well over half of the federal prison population.

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The federal government has yet to follow suit, although Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy recently called sentencing and drug reform a major priority for the coming congressional session. And just yesterday, two members of Congress introduced a new measure to regulate marijuana like alcohol in those states that have legalized it.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/07/1552751/federal-prison-population-spiked-790-percent-since-1980/

The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues,and Options
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42937.pdf







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ProSense Feb 2013 OP
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johnnie quick Feb 2013 #2
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johnnie quick Feb 2013 #5
ProSense Feb 2013 #6
johnnie quick Feb 2013 #7
ProSense Feb 2013 #9
cyberswede Feb 2013 #10
johnnie quick Feb 2013 #11
cyberswede Feb 2013 #13
arcane1 Feb 2013 #15
johnnie quick Feb 2013 #16
ProSense Feb 2013 #17
Denninmi Feb 2013 #3
Go Vols Feb 2013 #8
bemildred Feb 2013 #12
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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:17 AM

1. Kick! n/t

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:23 AM

4. Yeah, and it better to be a bank executive than black. n/t

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Response to johnnie quick (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:28 AM

6. No,

"Even if you are being sarcastic, racism can show up in sarcasm."

...I wasn't being "sarcastic." The justice system has its racist aspects.

Glendale Unified, police settle suit over racial profiling
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Response to johnnie quick (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:33 AM

9. No, I said bankers can do the crime without paying the time, unlike blacks

who are in jail disproportionately, and often under trumped up charges.

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Response to johnnie quick (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:35 AM

10. Good grief

She implied that bank executives are more likely to get away with criminal activities.

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:48 AM

13. oh. my. god.

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:53 AM

15. Indeed, the word "clueless" comes to mind

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:25 PM

17. The phrase "intentionally obtuse" comes to mind. n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:19 AM

3. Prison Nation.

I'm so proud of my country some days.

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:33 AM

8. The "for profit" prison system

blossomed under Ronny Raygun.

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:42 AM

12. Can we call that "The Reagan Repression"?

A classic political reaction, now in it's end stages.

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:50 AM

14. K&R

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:16 PM

18. Kick! n/t

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