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Across North Carolina, anxiety about crime has put the state's prison cap, created in the late 1980s to limit prison populations, under fire.
A trend of increasing prison population both nationally and in the state was noted in the late 1970s into the early 1980s. Prisoner population became a pressing issue for the state because in 1981 the state ranked fifth with highest prisoner population serving one year plus sentences. The article explores prisoner demographics, possible reasons for growing number of prisoners, and how to both address and prevent future increases