Prison Population

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Justice Department says the prison and jail population in the United States rose almost three percent in the year ending June 30.

Two-thirds were in federal or state prisons with the other third held in jails.

Virginia's state prison population increased 7.4-percent from 2001 to 2002, with the tally of inmates at state prisons at 32,739.

A group called The Sentencing Project attributes the nationwide increase to get-tough policies for drug offenses and three-strikes laws.

The federal government accounted for more inmates than any state, with almost 162,000.

The report did not count all juvenile offenders.

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