As of 2005, there are 2 million people locked up in federal, state, and county facilities. Though crime rates are down, that's up more than 600% since the 1970s. More than 6 million people are under state supervision in the form of parole or probation. The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world.
Black men are 6% of the U.S. population but over 40% of our prison population.
Every day in the United States 200 new jail cells are
Children of incarcerated parents have increased risk of anxiety, depression, aggression, truancy, attention disorders and poor scholastic performance.
Black people are 7.8 times more likely to be imprisoned
than whites, when convicted of the same crime.
States are spending more money on prisons than education. Over the course of the last 20 years, the amount of money spent on prisons was increased by 570% while that spent on elementary and secondary education was increased by only 33%.
Compiled by Manny Fortunato
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