Philadelphia Has the Highest Rate of Individuals Incarcerated

by | Apr 1, 2008

I wish that this were an April Fools’ joke, but its not.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported today that the Justice Policy Institute has released a new report stating that Philadelphia has the highest rate of individuals incarcerated per capita. The report, entitled Jailing Communities: The Impact of Jail Expansion and Effective Public Safety, states that there were 602 people incarcerated in Philadelphia per 100,000 residents in 2006.

This isn’t surprising, considering the recent study conducted by the Pew Center on the States, which concluded that there are nearly 1 in every 100 adults incarcerated in the United States. Read more about that study here.

You can also check out this article for overcrowding rates in Philadelphia.

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