How Much Do You Know About Prisons?

Prisons are constantly under scrutiny. The justice system has been a regular focus of many political debates and become an area of contention over the last few decades. The question is, how much of the hyperbole is fact and how much is fiction?
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Question 1/12

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Let's start off with just getting a grip on how big the issue we are talking about is. How many people are under supervision (in prisons or on supervised parole) with the American justice system?
About 1 million
about 4 million
about 7 million
about 10 million
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Question 2/12

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Of those who end up in prison, what percentage return within 3 years of being released?
10
20
30
40
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Question 3/12

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Let's look at one of the highest risk demographics, men between 20 and 34. How many of them are behind bars?
1 in 20
1 in 30
1 in 40
1 in 50
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Question 4/12

sfexaminer.com
When looking at the different states, we can see that they are not all the same in the amount of people being sentenced to prison. Of the list below, which has the highest share of its adult population in prison?
Washington
Montana
Florida
Minnesota
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Question 5/12

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Compared to other ethnicities, it is commonly claimed that African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated. Thinking back to question 3 when we looked at how many males aged 20 - 34 were in prison, how many African Americans of the same group are in prison in the united states?
1 in 5
1 in 9
1 in 14
1 in 19
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Question 6/12

Let's compare the United States to our neighbors to the north. If comparing the prison population per capita, how do we compare to Canada?
The United States has fewer prisoners than Canada per capita
The United States has about the same number of prisoners per capita as Canada.
The United States has about twice as many prisoners per capita as Canada.
The United States has several times as many prisoners per capita as Canada.
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Question 7/12

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Keeping a prison can't be cheap. Let's look at some figures. The most expensive prisoners are those on death row. How much does it cost per prisoner per year to be on death row in New Jersey?
about $100,000
about $1,000,000
about $10,000,000
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Question 8/12

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California still has the death penalty and the state and the federal government both pay about how much money to execute one prisoner?
$1 million dollars
$50 million dollars
$150 million dollars
$250 million dollars
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Question 9/12

sylvialikens.com
Let's not pick just on the guys now. The United States has female prisoners too. The first prison for women was made in Indiana. What year was it made?
1769
1789
1869
1889
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Question 10/12

asu.edu
Like the male prison population, which tripled in the 20 years between 1987 and 2007, the female prison population has also increased greatly between 1980 and 2006. By about how much has it gone up?
800%
500%
300%
100%
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Question 11/12

msecnd.net
Let's bring this back to the death penalty. What percentage of prisoners on death row are women?
2%
5%
10%
20%
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Question 12/12

gov.uk
Now, a question for those entrepreneurs out there. The prison black market is famous in movies. But, can it be profitable? How much would a thimble of tobacco go for in a maximum security prison?
$5
$25
$50
$100
Result
Thank you for trying. You had a lot of trouble answering the questions on this quiz. Maybe you don't pay attention to the trends in the American prison system, or possibly you don't seem to care. Whatever the reason, it might be time to critically and skeptically do some research regarding the current American justice system and be ready for the next election.

C+, Oblivious of Prison

illinois.edu
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Well done. You managed to answer a good number of the questions successfully. You have a decent understanding of some of the important facts regarding the current state of the American prison system. You may not be fully informed about all of the current trends in the American justice system. It might be time to do some research and get up to date.

B+, Knowledgeable of Prison

wordpress.com
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Congratulations. You managed to successfully answer most, if not all of the questions in this quiz. You have a detailed understanding of the current facts regarding the state of the American Prison system. This shows that you are well informed and keep up to date regarding issues surrounding current trends in the American justice system.

A+, Prison Expert

yourlegalzone.com
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1
Let's start off with just getting a grip on how big the issue we are talking about is. How many people are under supervision (in prisons or on supervised parole) with the American justice system?
About 1 million
about 4 million
about 7 million
about 10 million
2
Of those who end up in prison, what percentage return within 3 years of being released?
10
20
30
40
3
Let's look at one of the highest risk demographics, men between 20 and 34. How many of them are behind bars?
1 in 20
1 in 30
1 in 40
1 in 50
4
When looking at the different states, we can see that they are not all the same in the amount of people being sentenced to prison. Of the list below, which has the highest share of its adult population in prison?
Washington
Montana
Florida
Minnesota
5
Compared to other ethnicities, it is commonly claimed that African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated. Thinking back to question 3 when we looked at how many males aged 20 - 34 were in prison, how many African Americans of the same group are in prison in the united states?
1 in 5
1 in 9
1 in 14
1 in 19
6
Let's compare the United States to our neighbors to the north. If comparing the prison population per capita, how do we compare to Canada?
The United States has fewer prisoners than Canada per capita
The United States has about the same number of prisoners per capita as Canada.
The United States has about twice as many prisoners per capita as Canada.
The United States has several times as many prisoners per capita as Canada.
7
Keeping a prison can't be cheap. Let's look at some figures. The most expensive prisoners are those on death row. How much does it cost per prisoner per year to be on death row in New Jersey?
about $100,000
about $1,000,000
about $10,000,000
8
California still has the death penalty and the state and the federal government both pay about how much money to execute one prisoner?
$1 million dollars
$50 million dollars
$150 million dollars
$250 million dollars
9
Let's not pick just on the guys now. The United States has female prisoners too. The first prison for women was made in Indiana. What year was it made?
1769
1789
1869
1889
10
Like the male prison population, which tripled in the 20 years between 1987 and 2007, the female prison population has also increased greatly between 1980 and 2006. By about how much has it gone up?
800%
500%
300%
100%
11
Let's bring this back to the death penalty. What percentage of prisoners on death row are women?
2%
5%
10%
20%
12
Now, a question for those entrepreneurs out there. The prison black market is famous in movies. But, can it be profitable? How much would a thimble of tobacco go for in a maximum security prison?
$5
$25
$50
$100