The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world and overcrowding has become a serious issue. Why is America imprisoning so many people?
Correctional Populations in the United States, 2013
“This report summarizes data from several Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) correctional data collections to provide statistics on the total population supervised by adult correctional systems in the United States.”
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie
“This briefing presents the first graphic we’re aware of that aggregates the disparate systems of confinement in this country, which hold more than 2.4 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 2,259 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,283 local jails, and 79 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories.”
NAACP: Criminal Justice Fact Sheet
On Life Support: Public Health in the Age of Mass Incarceration
“Over the last 40 years the criminal justice system has expanded to such a degree that, today, mass incar- ceration is one of the major contributors to poor health in communities.”
Federal Bureau of Prisons: Inmate Statistics
The Sentencing Project: Research and Advocacy For Reform
“Research to date generally indicates that increases in the certainty of punishment, as opposed to the severity of punishment, are more likely to produce deterrent benefits. This briefing paper provides an overview of criminological research on these relative impacts as a guide to inform future policy consideration.”
Can We Fix The Death Penalty?
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