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Number of inmates. 1920 to 2006. (absolute numbers) General US population grew only 2.8 times in the same period, but the number of inmates increased more than 20 times.
7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, or prison) in 2009.
A graph showing the incarceration rate under state and federal jurisdiction per 100,000 population 1925-2008. The data for the graph does not include inmates in jails. The male incarceration rate is roughly 15 times the female incarceration rate.Incarceration in the United States is one of the main forms of punishment and/or rehabilitation for the commission of felony and other offenses. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. At year-end 2009 it was 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) 2