By Ann Brown
America seems to like to lock people up. Just look at the stats. At the end of 2016, nearly 2.2 million adults were held in prisons and jails, according to a 2018 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Breaking it down, for every 100,000 people living in the United States, approximately 655 of them were behind bars.
“If the US prison population were a city, it would be among the country’s 10 largest. More people are behind bars in America than there are living in major cities such as Philadelphia or Dallas,” CNN reported.
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Here is a look at the 10 states with the most people incarcerated, based on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best States rankings using 2016 data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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