Prison Overcrowding: Statistics, Causes & Effects


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As of 2011, there were approximately _____ prisoners incarcerated in the United States.

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1. The _____ requires inmates to be incarcerated during the majority of their sentences.

2. Which state had to move prisoners to another state for incarceration because they had no room in their own state prisons?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The overcrowding epidemic in American prisons is a serious problem and has become a big news story in the past few years. This quiz tests you on the facts of American prison overcrowding.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz tests your prison overcrowding knowledge by assessing your ability to:

  • Recall how many prisoners are incarcerated in the United States
  • Recognize laws when given their description
  • Recall states that had no room in their state prisons for more prisoners
  • Understand the results of overcrowded prisons
  • Recall the amendment that California ruled overcrowding in prisons violates

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw from the most important information found in the lesson on overcrowding in prisons
  • Information recall - remember that which you've just learned about prison overcrowding
  • Knowledge application - use this information to successfully answer questions regarding overcrowding in prisons

Additional Learning

The lesson on Prison Overcrowding Causes & Effects offers more on the subject, as it covers the following objectives:

  • Provide statistics about prison overcrowding
  • Explore causes of prison overpopulation
  • Explain effects of overcrowding in prisons
  • View an example of a prison environment