More on the Pew Center Study

The figure of 1 in 100 adults incarcerated, although shocking, is not the worst of the statistics revealed by the Pew Center Study. At the beginning of 2008, 1,596,127 persons were in state or federal prisons, and another 723,131 persons were in local jails, making the total adult inmate count 2,319,258.
The figure of 1 in 100 is based on total adult population. The study also breaks down the percentage incarcerated by race, age, and gender:
1 in 54 men aged 18 or older are currently incarcerated.
1 in 106 White men aged 18 or older are currently incarcerated.
1 in 36 Hispanic men aged 18 or older are currently incarcerated.
1 in 15 Black men aged 18 or older are currently incarcerated.
1 in 9 Black men aged 20-34 are currently incarcerated.
The figure of 1 in 100 adults incarcerated is arrived at as follows:
Prison population 1,596,127 + Jail population 723,131 = Total behind bars 2,319,258.
Total adult population 229,786,080 divided by Total behind bars 2,319,258 = 99.1
One in every 99.1 U.S. adults incarcerated.

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