Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Growth spurt projected for nation's prisons, including Ala.

Growth spurt projected for nation's prisons, including Ala.
Montgomery Advertier

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A study released today says Alabama's prison population is projected to grow by more than two-thousand inmates over the next five years -- an increase of about seven percent.

Get-tough policies that lock up offenders for longer sentences are propelling a projected increase of nearly 200,000 inmates in the nation's prison in the next five years.

That's according a study released today by the private, nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew projects the increase to be three times faster than the growth in the overall U.S. population. It also say it's expected to cost states more than 27 billion dollars.

The study's the first of its kind to project prison populations in every state through 2011, based on state projections, current criminal justice policies and demographic trends.

Florida is projected to add the most prisoners with about 16,000.

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