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Section I: Crime & Punishment in the U.S.

Safety

  • Percent of people in 1965 reporting they were afraid to walk alone in the dark near their homes135: 34%
  • Percent increase in the incarceration rate, 1965-2000136: 343%
  • Percent change from 1965 to 2000 in the number of people reporting they were afraid to walk alone in the dark near their homes137: 0%

This page is an excerpt from The Prison Index: Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industry (April 2003) by Peter Wagner, published by the Western Prison Project and the Prison Policy Initiative.

Footnotes

135 Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 2000, Table 2.40.

136 Calculation, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 2000, Table 6.27.

137 Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 2000, Table 2.40.



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