Missouri Prison Population Below National Average

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government reports that more than 41,000 Missourians were in jail or prison as of mid-2005. The total number was 41,000-461 as of June 30th, 2005. That works out to 715 Missouri inmates per 100,000 people -- slightly below the national rate of 738 per 100,000. Nationwide, researchers say the number of prisoners in jails went up 4.7% from the previous year -- the largest increase since 1997. The jump was 1.6% for state and federal prisons. These latest figures show that almost 2.2 million people were behind bars by last summer, or one in every 136 U.S. residents.

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