Joka 136. yhdysvaltalainen istuu telkien takana
Yhdysvaltain vankimäärä kasvoi edelleen viime vuonna. Eilen julkistettujen virallisten tilastojen mukaan vuonna 2005 vankiloissa istui 2,18 miljoonaa yhdysvaltalaista.
Tämä tarkoittaa sitä, että joka 136. maan asukas kärsii vankeusrangaistusta. Esimerkiksi suomalaisista noin joka 1500. on vankilassa.
Tilastojen mukaan vankimäärä kasvoi Yhdysvalloissa viime vuonna nopeammin kuin moneen vuoteen. Myös naisten osuus vangeista on kasvussa, viime vuonna yhdysvaltalaisvangeista liki 13 prosenttia oli naisia.
Maan vähemmistöt ovat yliedustettuina vankiloissa. Liki 4,7 prosenttia kaikista mustaihoisista miehistä oli kärsimässä vapausrangaistusta. Oikeusministeriön mukaan kunnallisten vankiloiden vangeista 60 prosenttia kuuluu vähemmistöihin.
Five dead in US church shooting
A gunman has opened fire at a church in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killing four people, reports from the US say.
The man then abducted his wife and one of his children and fled the church, police said. The woman was later found shot dead. The child was unharmed.
The suspect was later seized near the church, the AP news agency said.
The incident happened during the morning church service. The motive of the shooting was not immediately known.
It took place in the Jesus Christ Church in the northern part of the city, according to WDSU-TV.
The suspect - identified as Anthony Bell, 25, - fled the church in a car and was later captured at a nearby apartment complex, police said.
His wife - whose name was not immediately released - was found shot dead there.
The couple's two other children were found safe at home.
Church shooting baffles US police
US police are struggling to establish a motive for a shooting spree at an evangelical church service that killed eight people, including the gunman.
Terry Ratzmann, 44, shot dead seven churchgoers in Brookfield, Wisconsin, before turning the gun on himself.
No suicide note was found during a search of his property, according to police chief Daniel Tushaus.
Neighbours meanwhile have described Ratzmann as a quiet, devout man with a passion for trout and tropical plants.
He regularly attended services at the Living Church of God, an evangelical group that met at Brookfield's Sheraton hotel to mark the Sabbath on Saturdays.
Four died at the scene of the shooting on Saturday and three others died later of their injuries, police said. They ranged in age from teenagers to over-60s.
"At this point, we're unable to determine if he had specific targets or he just shot at random," police captain Phil Horter said.
Ratzman fired 22 shots into the church, reloading once, before shooting himself, police said.
A neighbour was quoted as saying: "He was the quietest guy in the world, the nicest."
The group is an evangelical church that observes the Sabbath on Saturday, not Sunday.
Two boys aged 15 and 17, a 72-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman died at the hotel. Three men ranging in age from 44 to 58 died later at a hospital.
Four others - two men, a 20 year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl - remained in a serious condition in hospital.
Brookfield is a western suburb of the city of Milwaukee.
The Living Church of God says it operates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
It has scores of ordained ministers and more than 200 congregations, it says.
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