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The Prison and Parole System

Information on the federal and state prison and parole systems, correctional statistics, and resources for families of prisoners.
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  2. Federal Corrections (10)
  3. Haunted Prisons (8)
  4. Inmate Services (6)
  5. State Prison Systems (52)

Harsh Punishment Backfires, Researcher Says
The current prison system puts too much emphasis on harsh punishment and not enough on rehabilitation and simple don't work, according to a criminal justice expert.

Moving Increases Parolee's Chances of Staying Out of Prison
Offenders who have been paroled from prison are at greater risk of being incarcerated within 12 months if they return home to the same invironment.

Nation's Prison Population Soars
One in every 138 residents of the United States, a total of 2,131,180 inmates, were incarcerated in prison or jail as of June 30, 2004 -- growing at a rate of 932 inmates a day over 2003.

U.S. Prison Population Approaches 1.5 Million
State and federal authorities held 1,470,045 prisoners as of December 31, 2003, a 2.1 percent increase during the year, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics announced.

Correctional Population Hits Record 6.9 Million
The total number of people in the United States who are incarcerated in prisons or jail, serving probation sentences, or on parole reached a record 6.9 million in 2003, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics reports.

U.S. Prisons: How Crowded Are They?
Statistics show overcrowding in all state and federal prisons in the U.S. is a result of mandatory sentencing and an increase in illegal drug activity.

Visitor's Guide to the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court offers a variety of educational programs. There are exhibits, which are changed periodically, and a theater, where a film on the Supreme Court is shown. Here is information for those interested in visiting the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Photographs
A pictorial tour of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alcatraz: Federal Prison 1934-1963
Classified as a concentration model, where difficult-to-manage prisoners from other institutions would be concentrated under one roof, Alcatraz served as an experiment.

Sing Sing Prison
Among the famous prisons -- Alcatraz, Leavenworth, Attica -- Sing Sing is the oldest and most deeply woven into our fabric.

ADX Supermax
Voted as one of the toughest prisons in the world, ADX Supermax is surrounded with a maze of sophisticated surveillance systems that make escaping impossible.

ADX Supermax Inmates
Inmates at Supermax in Florence, Colorado are doing hard prison time at one of the toughest, most secure prison in the world. See which criminals earned a spot at ADX Supermax.

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