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Timeline of total number of inmates in U.S. prisons and jails. From 1920 to 2008. War on Drugs (1971). Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 (mandatory minimum sentencing). See also: Incarceration in the United States.

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  • Number and rate (per 100,000 U.S. residents) of persons in State and Federal prisons, local jails. United States, 1985, 1990-2008. Includes both sentenced and unsentenced inmates. There are separate totals for federal and state prisoners. PDF file. CSV file.
  • Number and rate (per 100,000 resident population in each group) of sentenced prisoners under jurisdiction of State and Federal correctional authorities on December 31. By sex, United States, 1925-2008. Does not include jail inmates. PDF file. CSV file.


Date See timeline on chart.
Author November Coalition.
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current22:53, 15 July 2010Thumbnail for version as of 22:53, 15 July 2010713 × 499 (22 KB)Timeshifter (talk | contribs)newer version
11:12, 3 September 2008Thumbnail for version as of 11:12, 3 September 2008694 × 479 (20 KB)Timeshifter (talk | contribs)New version through 2007.
19:38, 30 June 2008Thumbnail for version as of 19:38, 30 June 2008694 × 486 (20 KB)Timeshifter (talk | contribs)Reverted to version as of 17:40, 8 May 2008. Image is relevant to some pages and issues. Derivative images should be uploaded with a new name.
13:46, 30 June 2008Thumbnail for version as of 13:46, 30 June 2008694 × 486 (17 KB)Apoc2400 (talk | contribs)Removed text about "War On Drugs" in image. It was POV and irrelevant for all uses of the image.
17:40, 8 May 2008Thumbnail for version as of 17:40, 8 May 2008694 × 486 (20 KB)Timeshifter (talk | contribs)Sentence with contact info removed from the bottom of the chart.
20:03, 9 April 2008Thumbnail for version as of 20:03, 9 April 2008701 × 527 (26 KB)Timeshifter (talk | contribs){{Information |Description=Timeline of total number of inmates in U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. From 1920 to 2006. |Source= |Date=Image at the above link as of April 9, 2008. |Author=November Coaliti
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