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Day 8: Facts

July 14th, 2009

I decided to do some digging around for facts today to get some idea of how big corrections actually is. I tried to scope out a few different websites that would help me to really understand the size of the corrections community. I was looking for statistics that showed me how many people were incarcerated in the United States, how many were women and how many were men. Also, I wanted to know fun facts about where the oldest prison in the USA and the largest prison in the USA were located. I stumbled across a few websites that really helped me out such as the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, the US Bureau of Justice website, and my old friend


• At midyear 2008, 785,556 inmates were held in the nation’s local jails, up from 780,174 at midyear 2007.

• By June of 2008, 2,310,984 prisoners were held in federal or state prisons or in local jails – an increase of 0.8% from yearend 2007, less than the average annual growth of 2.4% from 2000-2007.

• The number of women under the jurisdiction of state or federal prison authorities increased 1.2% from yearend 2007, reaching 115,779, and the number of men rose 0.7%, and totaling 1,494,805.

• Folsom State Prison is the oldest prison in the United States and is located in Folsom, California, a suburb of Sacramento. It is located near the California State Prison, Sacramento and combined; the two have an inmate population of 7,246 inmates according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

• Angola is the Louisiana State Penitentiary and is the largest maximum security prison in the United States with 5,000 inmates. It spans over 18,000 acres and is surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi River.

I am constantly on the search for more interesting facts to add to the website. They don’t necessarily have to answer my questions from above, they can be anything you are interested. So, if you think of any questions you may have about facts relating to the corrections community I encourage you to post them so that I may research, and then answer them to the best of my ability. I appreciate any questions you may have because I too am still learning the ins and outs of the corrections community.

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  1. July 20th, 2009 at 15:16 | #1

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