California's Prison Population Expected to Increase Dramatically 12/20/97

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California, which already has one of the highest per-capita incarceration rates of any governmental entity on earth, has announced that it expects the population of its state prison system to increase dramatically over the next five years. According to the Orange County Register, state officials said this week that that they expect that the number of Californians incarcerated in the state system will increase by about 57,733 inmates, or 37%, to a total of 213,420 by the year 2003.

It should be noted here that of young (18-29 years) African American males in California, over 40% are currently under the "supervision" of the criminal justice system. It should also be noted that in the 1996 state-wide election campaigns in California, the largest single campaign contributor was the California Prison Guards Association.

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