Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Federal Bureau of Prisons statistics on religious affiliations of inmates.

The following are total number of inmates per religion category.
Note that atheists,being a moderate proportion of the
USA population (about 8-16%) are disproportionately
less in the prison populations (0.21%).
Federal Bureau of Prisons report

Response Number %
---------------------------- --------
Catholic 29267 39.164%
Protestant 26162 35.008%
Muslim 5435 7.273%
American Indian 2408 3.222%
Nation 1734 2.320%
Rasta 1485 1.987%
Jewish 1325 1.773%
Church of Christ 1303 1.744%
Pentecostal 1093 1.463%
Moorish 1066 1.426%
Buddhist 882 1.180%
Jehovah Witness 665 0.890%
Adventist 621 0.831%
Orthodox 375 0.502%
Mormon 298 0.399%
Scientology 190 0.254%
Atheist 156 0.209%
Hindu 119 0.159%
Santeria 117 0.157%
Sikh 14 0.019%
Bahai 9 0.012%
Krishna 7 0.009%


Jewish Atheist said...

Hey Stardust,

Interesting figures! I'd like to post about it, but your link is broken!

Stardust said...

oops...thanks. I will fix it.

CyberKitten said...

Good old Catholics - God Bless 'em all. [laughs]

Jewish Atheist said...

Thanks. :-) Actually, I think I posted about this a long, long time ago.

Stardust said...

JA, I think I posted about this, too awhile ago. But it's always good to bring it back up again for new "lurkers" to read.

Jewish Atheist said...

Anyone have an explanation on the Catholics? I was surprised by that.

Stardust said...

Catholics are probably the most oppressed with guilt and scared to death by a variety of threats, real (pedophile priests) and imagined (floating saints)...not to mention gruesome corpses of saints they put on display in glass boxes. The Catholic religion is the most macabre.

Å said...

Interesting statistics but they would be much more interesting if normalized against the representation of each group in the general population. Might also be interesting to look at this relative to the religious makeup of the population of illegal aliens, which may say something about the apparent disproportionate showing of catholics.