Almost a year ago (February),
the US incarcerated population passed the two million mark. Earlier
this week, the results of the 2000 US Census were released, numbers estimated
as of April 1, 2000. How do the populations of the 50 states compare
with the prison state?
Nearly a third of them are
smaller, some of them much smaller: Alaska, 626,932; Delaware, 783,600;
Hawaii, 1,211,537; Idaho, 1,293,953; Maine, 1,274,923; Montana, 902,195;
Nebraska, 1,711,263; Nevada, 1,998,257; New Hampshire, 1,235,786; New Mexico,
1,819,046; North Dakota, 642,200; Rhode Island, 1,048,319; South Dakota,
754,844; Vermont, 608,827, West Virginia, 1,808,344; Wyoming, 493,782.
Also smaller than the prison
state are the three smallest US states combined: Wyoming + Vermont
+ Alaska, 1,729,541.
What would be the social
and economic impact of incarcerating all the residents of these three states?
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Issue #166, 12/29/00
Clinton Frees Kemba Smith and Dorothy Gaines, More Pardons Possible as 450,000 Non-Violent Drug Offenders Remain Behind Bars | Interview with Dorothy Gaines | Ashcroft Nomination for Attorney General Bodes Ill for Drug Policy Reform | Uruguayan President Becomes First Head of State to Call for Legalization of Drugs, Story Ignored by US Press | FCC Chastises Networks for Drug Czar's Media Campaign, NORML Complaint Brings Victory | Kubby Trial Ends in Mistrial, Eleven Jurors Accept Prop. 215 Defense | Which State Has More People -- Your State or the Prison State? | Urgent Action: Ashcroft, Clemencies, Hemp | NYC and Budapest Job Opportunities | The Reformer's Calendar | Editorial: Awakening from Kemba's Nightmare
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