U.S. Incarceration Rate by Year

After increasing rapidly following 1980, the incarceration rate in the U.S. has peaked and is now falling.
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Notes:
Includes prison, jail, and juvenile detention
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level 69
Jul 17, 2018
Hurray for the war on drugs?
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level 67
Jul 17, 2018
That went well. -US Oh, how stupid you are... -rest of the world
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level ∞
Jul 22, 2018
Most people in prison are not there for drugs. The huge increase in prison population during the 1980s and 1990s is a complex subject. Much of the increase is due to the fact that there were so many violent crimes during the period. And the fact that so many violent criminals were/are imprisoned is probably partly responsible for the subsequent decrease in violent crime.
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level 67
Jul 17, 2018
Can only hope that trend of the last few years continues.
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level ∞
Jul 22, 2018
It will, no doubt. Crime rates are much lower today than in the recent past and some states have scaled back draconian sentencing laws as well.
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level 77
Jul 19, 2018
Hopefully the number of incarcerated orange baboons will increase by 1 sometime within the next year or so.