Interesting prison facts
October 19, 2009 | In: Weird facts
There were prisons used for detention in Jerusalem in Old Testament times.
Every day in the United States 200 new jail cells are constructed.
The United States has the highest reported incarceration rate in the world.
The incarceration rate increased from 129 per 100,000 adult population in 2004/5 to 131 per 100,000 in 2005/6.
More men are raped in prisons each year then women outside of prison.
California releases an average 10,000 prisoners per month on parole.
It costs taxpayers about $23,000 a year to house and feed each prisoner.
Whites make up 56% of all federal prisoners; 40% are black, 2% are Native American and 2% are Asian.
In Florida, the oldest male state prisoner is Frank Rowland, 89, who is serving a life sentence for sexual molestation.
Newgate Prison, which stood from 1188 to 1902, was London’s most notorious jail.
s of 2006, it is estimated that at least 9.25 million people are currently imprisoned worldwide.