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The Nation

January 02, 1987

Three percent of the adult men in the United States were incarcerated or on probation or parole at the end of 1985, the Justice Department said. A total of 2.9 million people were incarcerated or on probation or parole at the end of 1985, an increase of almost 17% from 1983, said the Bureau of Justice Statistics in a report. In 1983, 2.5 million people were under federal, state or local correctional supervision, the report said. Of those under supervision in 1985, 74% were in the community on probation or parole, and 26% were in prisons or jails.

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