A Nation of Prisoners

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Following a 2.6 percent increase last year, the U.S. has about 2.1 million people in prisons. If you're not one of them, read the details here.

Top states for total number of jailbirds were California and Texas; highest incarceration rate prize goes Louisiana.

For a bit about white-collar criminals going to the pokey thanks to new Bush admin rules, read here.

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  1. “The jump came despite a small decline in serious crime in 2002.”

    Couldn’t that just as easily say “The jump caused a small decline in serious crime in 2002”? Or would that ruin the point the author of the article was trying to make?

  2. “Top states for total number of jailbirds were California and Texas”

    Now there’s a useful figure … NOT. How do California and Texas rank for total number of non-jailbirds?

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