ND prison population hits record level

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s soaring oil production has led to record population in the state. And that means more crime and less jail space.

Corrections Department Director Leann Bertsch says the state’s prison population is at a record level. She says there are a record 1,550 inmates at the state penitentiary in Bismarck and lockups across the state are filled beyond capacity.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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    Wonder what % of the current incarcerated are there due to making bad choices from being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs?

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