US prison figures rise

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A record 6.6 million people in the United States were either in jail or under community supervision at the end of last year, according to new statistics released by the US Justice Department.

The numbers, which showed an increase of 147,700 from the previous year, now mean a total of one in 32 adults throughout the US is either in jail, on parole or on probation.


* 46% of those in prison were black and 36% were white

* Whites accounted for 55% of those on probation, while blacks made up 31%. “