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Prison Populations To Grow 68% by '94

Prison populations are expected to increase by about 68% by 1994, according to a report by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Effects of the "war on drugs" are expected to overwhelm the nations correctional systems during that time. Other findings include:

The states will require an additional $35 billion to build and operate prisons over the next five years.

By 1991, California will become the first state to exceed 100,000 prisoners; by 1994 it will have over 134,000 prisoners. It will cost an estimated $4 billion annually to operate California's prison system by 1994.

The already disproportionate rate of Black and Hispanics being sent to prison will increase considerably.

Despite the increased use of incarceration, there has been no positive impact on crime rates. In fact, crime rates have increased by nearly 13% since 1984.

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