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A total of 2.5 million American adults are incarcerated in federal, state, and local prisons and jails, a rate of 1 out of every 100 adults. State spending on corrections has increased over the last 20 years from $10 billion to more than $50 billion a year, while local corrections spending has increased from $20 billion to over $100 billion during the same time period. Annually, local governments spend over $100 million on the justice system, accounting for half of all criminal justice spending (federal, state and local combined). According to ‘‘Public Safety, Public Spending: Forecasting America’s Prison Population 2007– 2011,” state and federal prison populations were expected to increase by nearly 200,000 at an additional cost of $27.5 billion over that 5-year period. According to “Jail Inmates at Midyear 2008,” local jail populations increased by 3.3 percent per year from 2000 to 2007, and by 2008 were operating at about 95 percent of their capacity. Increasing jail populations have detrimental effects on safety both in the community and within the jail. There are over 3,200 jails throughout the United States, the vast majority of which are operated by county governments. Each year, these jails will release more than 13 million people back into the community. ...Increasing costs have forced bipartisan cooperation. GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT : http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/10JusticeReinvestmentSol.pdf ******* Criminal Justice Improvement and Recidivism Reduction through State, Local, and Tribal Justice Reinvestment FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement - - - These programs are designed to offer tangible solutions to the critical issues that are challenging the quality of life in various populations. We invite forward thinkers, entrepreneurs and solutions oriented talkers to engage in meaningful problem solving. These episodes may be forwarded to government officials (or other interested entities) to let them review solutions oriented discussions.

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