04/07/2008 - America's prisons can barely contain an inmate population that has reached an all-time high. The influx of inmates at correctional facilities has left prison officials struggling to find enough beds, and demanding that states come up with billions more in funding to house inmates and construct more facilities.
At the same time, we have lost the war on drugs. Drug-related arrests have increased by 425 percent between 1970 and 2005, according to the National Bureau of Justice Statistics.
A recent national study conducted by the Pew Center for the States revealed that 1 in every 100 U.S. adults is behind bars. With more than 2.3 million inmates, the United States is the global leader in total documented prison population, topping both China and Russia. Though the United States represents only 5 percent of the world's population, it holds 25 percent of the world's inmates.
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