North Dakota’s oil boom also brings boom in prison population

From: Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Jan. 25th 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. — 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.
Bertsch says she expects the trend to continue based on the increased number of felony cases in the state.