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The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in about 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s or early 1940s.
Historically, incarceration rate in the USA for federal and state prisons in 2007 was the highest on record. It was 5.5 times greater than the sharp peak that occurred during the Great Depression at 137 per 100,000 in 1939.
A close look at the incarceration trend in chart 1a reveals a dramatic rise in imprisonment rates during the period of the Great Depression (1929-1939)
The Great Depression of the 1930s resulted in greater use of imprisonment and different public attitudes about prisoners. From 1925 to 1939 the nation's rate of incarceration climbed from 79 to 137 per 100,000 residents. Read more: Prisons: History - Modern Prisons - Incarceration, War, Imprisonment, Prisoners, Clemmer, and Blacks law.jrank.org...
The number of people incarcerated in Canada on any given day continues to rise, with the rate climbing by two per cent a year, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.