Criminal Justice Reform Standout
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Did you know:
The United States is home to the world’s largest prison population. As “tough on crime” laws have put an unprecedented number of non-violent offenders behind bars in recent years, our neighborhoods feel no more secure.
The U.S. is home to 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its prisoners.
From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people.
Blacks are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites. Blacks are incarcerated for drug offenses at a rate TEN TIMES GREATER than that of whites, despite the fact that blacks and whites use drugs at roughly the same rates.
About $80 billion dollars are spent on corrections yearly. Prisons and jails consume a growing portion of the nearly $200 billion we spend annually on public safety. Local, state, and federal governments spend anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 annually to keep an individual behind bars.