Once again, a bizarre coincidence has been noted:
By last June 30, there were 48,000 more inmates, or 2.3 percent, more than the year before, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The total inmate population has hovered around 2 million for the past few years, reaching 2.1 million on June 30, 2002, and just below that mark a year later.
And these reports always have something along these lines:
In 2004, one in every 138 U.S. residents was in prison or jail; the previous year it was one in every 140.
However, these reports almost always also mention something along these lines:
While the crime rate has fallen over the past decade, the number of people in prison and jail is outpacing the number of inmates released, said the report’s co-author, Paige Harrison. [emphasis mine]
I think every report on this I’ve ever seen has a “crime rate is down BUT prison populations are up” and then they go on to detail how much the prison population has increased.
And they never seem to make any connection between the fact that crime rates are down and the fact that more criminals are behind bars.
I noted this previously. And the year before that, I think I did, too. Except that, if I did, the post was lost due to technical difficulties. Don’t worry, though. I’m sure I’ll mention it again next year.
Also, this unexplained phenomena has apparently surfaced in Iraq recently, as well.