Graph of the Day for December 26, 2009

"Over the period, wages have gone up and unemployment has gone down, which has had some impact in reducing crime, but a major reason for the reduction is that crime has become more costly to the perpetrators. The likelihood of going to prison for committing any type of major crime has increased substantially."

National Center for Policy Analysis, 1999.

Data source:  Department of Justice.

Hoven's Index for December 26, 2009

Number of persons in prison in the US:

1980:  319,598.

1990:  743,382.

2000:  1,316,333.

2008:  1,518,559.

Source:  Dept. of Justice.

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