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Prison Planet

The global prison population is on the rise, with upwards of 9 million people now doing time. Countries are now locking up more of their citizens than ever before. This troubling trend has left jails severely overcrowded, costs booming, and countless prisoners waiting years for justice.

The global prison population is on the rise, with upwards of 9 million people now doing time. Countries are now locking up more of their citizens than ever before. This troubling trend has left jails severely overcrowded, costs booming, and countless prisoners waiting years for justice.

Due to a calculation error, this piece mistakenly claims that the U.S. prison population increased by 103.4 percent between 1995 and 2005. The accurate figure is 38.4 percent. FP regrets the error.

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