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US sees further drop in prison population

The entrance to the Rikers Island prison complex on May 17, 2011 in New York City.The United States Thursday reported a decline in the overall number of prisoners in federal and state penitentiaries for the third year in a row. The Department of Justice said the overall number of prisoners in state and federal institutions in 2012 fell by 1.7 percent, or 27,770 inmates, to a total 1,571,013 prisoners.