Mississippi, Alabama Ranked Near Top for Imprisonment Rate

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Montgomery, Ala. A new federal study says Mississippi's and Alabama's imprisonment rates ranks second and third highest in the nation.

The study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics says Mississippi ranked second at 717 per 100,000 residents. Alabama imprisoned 650 people per 100,000 state residents in 2012. Louisiana ranked first at 893 people per 100,000 residents.

Maine had the lowest rate at 145 people per 100,000 residents. The national average was 480 per 100,000.

The new study mirrors a similar review done by the Pew Center on the States in 2005.