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Prison Population Trends in Georgia Since 1994

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Dec 2015 06:03 PM

Georgia's Department of Corrections supervises an average prison population of 55,000 people annually, and keeps an eye on a total number of probationers that exceeds 160,000.

In order for the GDC to operate, it employs more than 12,000 people.

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Since 1994, prison populations across the United States have steadily increased. Here are some prison population trends in Georgia that have developed since 1994.

1. According to Georgia's Aging Inmate Population Project, in 1994, the majority of Georgia inmates were ages 20 to 30. This was still true in 2014, but the amount of 20 to 30 year olds had decreased in proportion to become closer to the number of 40 to 50 year olds and older.

2. In 1994, a prisoner could be executed via the electric chair, but Georgia outlawed that method in 2001. No one chose it in Georgia since 2000, when lethal injection became available. Lethal injection is the only authorized method of execution in the state.

3. Out of all 470 people who were executed in Georgia from 1924-2014, not one of them was a woman.

4. The average time served for attempted murder has increased from 3.26 years in 1994 to five years in 2014.

5. Georgia is home to the nation's largest and busiest deportation jail. In 2011, "the privately run Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia held 1,614 detainees per day," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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6. Georgia's total incarcerated population was 33,175 in 1994. Two decades later, it is close to doubling at 51,931.

7. The youth incarceration rate in Georgia dropped 52 percent between 1997 and 2010.

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