America’s Overall Prison Population Still Growing

growingpopulation1016According to a report recently released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, although federal inmate numbers decreased slightly in 2013, overall prison populations still increased by .3% as many new prisoners find themselves locked up due to state laws.

Race is still a factor in incarceration figures, with 3% of black males in America currently behind bars. In addition, figures for women locked up for a year or more increased by 3% in the past year.

In addition, 14 states hit new record high prison populations in 2013: Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming.

With these numbers and other troubling statistics, prison reforms clearly still have a long way to go.

Read more about the numbers in an article at huffingtonpost.comarrow1