The Sentencing Project


        Our growing prison system has pushed our incarceration rate ahead of all other nations.

        Our rate of incarceration is 5-8 times that of Canada and nations in Western Europe.

        The United States has been adding to its prison population even as crime rates fall.

        Women and children make up growing segments of new prisoners.

        People of color comprise two-thirds of all prisoners nationally.


These facts come from The Sentencing Project.


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