By the Numbers

 

The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world 

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People of Color and Incarceration 

"The United States imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid"— Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow 

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Prison Demographics 

"6 million Americans, including 1 out of 13 Black Americans, are disenfranchised due to felony status." — Joe Davidson 

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The Costs of a Failed System 

"Americans are increasingly being detained in jails for simply being too poor to pay a fine or from conduct stemming from mental illness, homelessness, or addiction." — Brennan Center for Justice 

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The Death Penalty

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Black defendants are 11x more likely to get the death penalty than their white counterparts 

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