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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

n U.S. Prisons Filling Up

WASHINGTON () --The population of prisons in the United States grew by almost 9 percent in the 12 months that ended June 30, according to a new Justice Department report.

The one-year increase of 89,707 inmates in state and federal prisons was the largest on record. The rate of growth, 8.8 percent, exceeded the approximately 8 percent average for the last five years.

The trend reflects stricter mandatory sentence laws in many states for drug-related and violent crimes as well as tougher sentencing practices, which have restricted the use of parole for letting inmates out early.