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Below is a quick look at the current state of the federal prison system in the U.S. Data is as of February 2012.
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High-security institutions, also known as United States Penitentiaries (USPs), have highly secure perimeters (either walled or double fenced), multiple- and single-occupant cell housing, and close staff supervision and movement controls.

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Once reserved for hardened criminals, with a barrage of new laws and strict sentencing guidelines, increasingly time in federal prison is the fate of an alarming number of relatively ‘normal’ Americans. Indeed today in the U.S. nearly 1% of the population sits behind bars at the county, state, and federal levels. Upon the inception of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in 1930, the total federal prison population was a mere 13,000. Today that number stands at nearly 220,00 with the BOP itself stating that they expect this number to rise in the coming years.

21,937 prisoners are from a minority ethnic group

Federal prisons are divided into different security levels. Most white collar and lower level drug offenders are sent to Federal Prison Camps (FPC’s). These minimum security federal prisons typically house inmates who are serving less than 10 years, do not have a history of violence, and are not considered an escape risk. Sex offenders are not eligible to serve at FPC’s. Low Security Federal Correctional Institutions (FCI Low) have double-fenced perimeters, mostly dormitory housing, and strong work and program components. The staff-to-inmate ratio in these institutions is higher than in minimum-security facilities. Medium Security Federal Correctional Institutions (FCI Medium) have strengthened perimeters (often double fences with electronic detection systems), cell-type housing, a wide variety of work and treatment programs, and an even higher staff-to-inmate ratio than low-security institutions, providing greater internal controls.

This compares to around one in 10 of the general population

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Time in prison used to be something that was the sole domain of hardened criminals but more and more normal Americans are finding themselves incarcerated. With almost 1 in every 100 of the population of the United States behind bars the country’s prison population is currently higher than it has ever been before.