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Correctional Populations in the United States, 2009

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Date Published
December 2010
8 pages
Lauren E Glaze
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This bulletin contains data collected on correctional populations in the United States in 2009.
Highlights from this report include: at yearend in 2009, correctional authorities supervised 7,225,800 offenders, which was down slightly from 2008; the total number of offenders under correctional supervision at yearend 2009, represents approximately 3.1 percent of the adult U.S. resident population; between 2000 and 2008, the growth of the correctional population in the United States was 1.5 percent, with 2009 seeing a decrease of 0.7 percent; the overall decrease in the incarcerated population during 2009 was due to decreases in the jail populations; 70 percent of offenders at yearend 2009 were supervised in the community, either on probation or parole; and at yearend 2009, 82 percent of the correctional population was male. This report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) provides summary data on the correctional population in U.S. prisons and jails as of yearend 2009, and highlights changes to the components of the population. Data for this report were collected from five separate BJS databases: the Annual Probation Survey; the Annual Parole Survey; the Annual Survey of Jails; the Census of Jail Inmates; and the National Prisoner Statistics Program. Figures, tables, and appendixes
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