New statistics show small but consistent decreases in prison populations on both the state and federal level, but there are still over 1.5 million citizens locked up in prisons (and hundreds of thousands more in jails). Nearly 20 percent of all federal prisoners are housed in private facilities, according to a recent report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Eighteen states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons operated their prison facilities at more than 100 percent capacity at the end of 2014, reported the Huffington Post.
In Illinois, prison facilities were originally designed to hold 28,200 inmates, but were housing 48,300 as of Dec. 31, 2014. The Bureau of Prisons, which mostly houses drug offenders, was 128 percent over maximum capacity, according to the report.
The states listed as operating at more than 100 percent capacity are: Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Washington.
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