Alabama has more people in prisons than in college dorms: AL.com

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Which states have more people in prison than college housing? (Contributed photo/Metric Maps)

Leada Gore | lgore@al.comBy Leada Gore | lgore@al.com
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on March 30, 2015 at 6:04 AM, updated March 30, 2015 at

A new set of data shows a sobering statistic for Alabama.

Alabama is one of 16 states where there are more people in correctional facilities (prisons and jails) than in college housing, MetricMaps reported.The map shows a swath of red for those places with higher incarceration rates vs. blue for higher numbers in college housing.

Interestingly enough, the map shows a country almost perfectly divided – for the most part, the lower half has higher prison population while the upper half has more in college housing. It’s not a perfect comparison, of course, as some students live in off-campus housing and population numbers come into play, too.

However, it’s still an interesting look at incarceration, especially in Alabama where  647 per 100,000 residents are behind bars. Alabama is one of only five states with an incarceration rate higher than 600 inmates per 100,000 residents.

Alabama’s legislature is currently considering a bill that would help reform the state’s troubled prison system.

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