More Incarceration New figures shows a two percent increase in the number of prisoners in federal, state and local jails. The total U.S. prison population now stands at 6.5 million. That's an all-time high, but the new figures also show the number of prisoners isn't increasing as fast as before. NPR's Emily Harris reports there the way society responds to crime may be changing.
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New figures shows a two percent increase in the number of prisoners in federal, state and local jails. The total U.S. prison population now stands at 6.5 million. That's an all-time high, but the new figures also show the number of prisoners isn't increasing as fast as before. NPR's Emily Harris reports there the way society responds to crime may be changing.