Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 16:44:03 -0700 (MST)
From: thekoba 
Subject: [azsecularhumanists] land of the free

The following article appeared on page A1 of the 26 August 2002 edition of The Arizona Republic and is credited to Jonathan D. Salant of the Associated Press. The title statistic is nearly thrice the maximum total number of people held in the Soviet Gulag system or labour colony system at any one time during the Stalin administration. Interesting that the government and the media are always calling this a free country.



Washington--One in every 32 American adults was behind bars or on probation or parole by the end of last year, according to a government report Sunday that found a record 6.6 million people in the nation's correctional system.

The number of adults under criminal justice supervision rose by 147,700, or 2.3 percent, between 2000 and 2001, the Justice Department reported.

Nearly four million people were on probation, 2.8 percent more than in 2000, while there was a one percent increase of those on parole, to 731,147. The number of people in prison grew by 1.1 percent to 1.3 million, the smallest annual increase in nearly three decades.

In Arizona, 105,400 people were in criminal justice system at the end of 2001. Of these, 66,600 were on probation or parole and 38,800 were incarcerated. Whites accounted for 55 percent of those on probation, while Blacks made up 31 percent; 46 percent of those incarcerated were Black and 36 percent were White.

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