CNN: “The number of inmates

CNN: “The number of inmates in American prisons topped 2 million for the first time, the Justice Department reports. California, Texas, Florida and New York were the four biggest state prison systems, mirroring their status as the most populous states. […] The total inmate population on June 30, 2002, was 2.1 million, an increase of 2.8 percent from the year before. Two-thirds were in federal or state prisons, with the other third held in jails, the report said […] One in every 142 U.S. residents was in prison in mid-2002 […] About 12 percent of all black men in the United States aged 20 to 39 were in prison, by far the highest single group. In contrast, 4 percent of Hispanic males and 1.6 percent of white males in that age group were incarcerated.”

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