All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Monday, October 24, 2005

Maine Prisons Less Crowded

The United States' prison population is the largest in the world, no thanks to Maine.

According to the Department of Justice, there were 2,267,787 people behind bars in the U.S. at the end of last year, up 1.9% from 2003. The state with the highest incarceration rate was Louisiana, with 816 sentenced prisoners per 100,000 state residents. Maine ranked 50th, with only 148 inmates per 100,000 residents. Maine also ranked low for female prisoners (18 per 100,000), tied with New Hampshire, and slightly higher than Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

These statistics make sense, since Maine's violent crime rate in 2003 was the second lowest in the country, and its property crime rate ranked 43rd.
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