Minnesota Lockdown: We're Number One!
But Minnesota's lock 'em up crowd can take heart in another number highlighted in the report: the North Star state now leads the nation in growth of incarceration, with inmate population swelling by 13.2 percent between June 2003 and June 2004. Only one other state, Montana, experienced a double digit increase over that period. Nationally, the increase was 2.3 percent. The most appalling statistic in the report? At midyear 2004, an estimated 12.6 percent of all black men in the U.S. between the ages of 25 and 29 were incarcerated.
Meanwhile, according to the Justice Policy Institute, the U.S., with a total of 2.1 million people behind bars, still leads the world in overall rate of incarceration. Notably, the five runner-ups (in order, England, China, France, Japan, Nigeria) all lock up fewer people per capita than wimpy old Minnesota.