The Sad State of Mass Incarceration in America

Meghan French Dunbar March 5, 2016

1.5 MILLION: The number of people in federal or state prisons and jails in the US; nearly 7 million Americans total are under adult correctional supervision, including those currently incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. 40%: African-American men represent 40% of the prison population, despite African-Americans making up only 13.2% of the total US population. 77%: The percentage of former prisoners who are rearrested for another crime within five years of being released. 3X: Per capita expenditures on correction — at all levels of government — more than tripled between 1980 and 2010. $57-$65 BILLION: The estimated loss in economic output to the US economy due to how difficult it is for ex-offenders with felony convictions to find a job. 25%: The percentage of the world’s prison population that is incarcerated in the US, despite the total US population comprising only 5% of the world’s total population. 60,000: The annual per-inmate cost to taxpayers of keeping each inmate in permanent isolation at Colorado’s Supermax federal penitentiary. INCARCERATION RATES FOR MALES BY RACE: 1 in 17 for Caucasian men, 1 in 6 for Hispanic men, 1 in 3 for African-American men.

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