Definitions 

Refers to the unique way the U.S. has locked up a vast population in federal and state prisons, as well as local jails.

Prison Industrial Complex 

Describes the attribution of the rapid expansion of the US inmate population to the political influence of private prison companies

Exoneration

In the criminal justice system, this term refers to when a convicted individual has been absolved from being guilty 

Incarceration

Incarceration means to imprison or confine