The US Congress’ Government Accountability Office last week released a report that opens like this:
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) 9.5 percent population growth from fiscal years 2006 through 2011 exceeded the 7 percent increase in its rated capacity, and BOP projects continued population growth. Growth was most concentrated among male inmates, and in 2011, 48 percent of the inmates BOP housed were sentenced for drugs.
The above chart shows the extent to which the federal prison population has exceeded capacity during recent years.The implications are summed up pretty well in the report’s title: “Growing Inmate Crowding Negatively Affects Inmates, Staff, and Infrastructure.”
If you don’t have time to browse the whole report, a summary can be found over at StoptheDrugWar.