In America, we imprison more people than any other country in the world. (This does not account for countries that are prisons.) The price of keeping over 2 million people locked up behind bars is a staggering 80 billion dollars.
People & Power: America’s Prison Problem
- For over 35 years tougher sentencing guidelines have increased prison sentences.
- Movements like the “3 Strike Laws” (which is now used as model in over 25 states) and “Zero Tolerance” (which destroys inner city youth) have swelled prison ranks causing inhumane prison conditions which may have society collectively rethinking punishment as it relates to crime & justice.
- 3 strikes laws have the potential to put minor offenders in jail for life by coming down on repeat criminals with the full force of the law.
- The United States has over 2 million people in prison. More than any other country in the world.
- There are more black men incarcerated today than there were slaves during the days of slavery.
- Over 140,000 people are serving life sentences in the penitentiaries of America.
- Most 3 strikers, people who are locked up for life for committing 3 crimes, are drug offenders.