Are there proportionately more atheists in jail than religious people?

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It would appear not. ''Scepticfiles.org'' quotes W. T. Root, professor of psychology at the Univ. of Pittsburgh, who examined 1,916 prisoners and said, "Indifference to religion, due to thought, strengthens character." He is quoted as saying that Unitarians, Agnostics, Atheists and Free-Thinkers are absent from penitentiariers or nearly so.

In 1997, Rod Swift found that .209% of federal prisoners are atheists (See related link: Rod Swift study).

In 2010, Tim Covell updated that information, and discovered only .08% of the U.S. federal prison population is atheist (See related link: Tim Covell study).

It is claimed that over a period of 10 years , those executed in Sing-Sing Prison for murder were 65% Catholics, 26% Protestants, 6% Hebrew, 2% Pagan, and less than 1/3 of 1% non-religious.
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