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Karen Duke & Torsten Kolind

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 29: The Prison Population and Illegal Drug Use

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The Prison Population and Illegal Drug Use
The prison population and illegal drug use
Karen DukeTorsten Kolind
Introduction

According to the World Prison Population List, more than 10.2 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world and prison populations are increasing in all five continents. Since 1998, the world prison population rate has risen by about six per cent from 136 per 100,000 of the world population to the rate of 144 in 2013. In 2013, the United States had the highest prison population rate in the world at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. This is significantly higher than other countries and territories, for example, more than half (54 per cent) have rates below 150 per 100,000 (Walmsley, 2013). Based on the World ...

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