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High incarceration rate in USA significant factor in strains on state and local budgets

Cutting the incarceration rate for non-violent offenders would reduce state and local budgets by almost $15 billion per year.

High incarceration rate in USA significant factor in strains on state and local budgetsby Eurasia Review

As state and local governments grapple with record budget shortfalls, a new study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) finds that the high rate of incarceration in the U.S. is a significant factor in these budgetary strains.

The report, "The High Budgetary Costs of Incarceration," estimates that cutting the incarceration rate for non-violent offenders would reduce state and local budgets by almost $15 billion per year, about one-fourth of their annual corrections budgets.

The study finds that the rate of incarceration in 2008 -- 753 per 100,000 people -- was 350 percent higher than it was in 1980. According to the report, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, a rate that is seven times higher than the average for other rich countries....

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Posted: June 11, 2010

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