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. (Catherine Lucy, Study: Philly’s tops in jailing rate, Philadelphia Daily News, Apr. 1, 2008, available at http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/20080401_Study__Philly_s_tops_in_jailing_rate.html)
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.