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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah is one of only nine states where the prison population is going down.
Across the nation, more than two (M)million people live behind bars. It's the first time the prison population has reached that mark.
But the Deseret News reports from its Washington bureau that Utah's inmate population fell by one-point-six percent during the recent study period.
The state's number stands at about 53-hundred -- that's about one out of every 442 Utah residents.
Rhode Island had the highest growth rate, at 17-point-four percent, while Illinois had the biggest drop, five-point-five percent.
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