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  • 12.31.14

    Criminal Justice Facts

    This fact sheet by the Sentencing Project goes through a number of key facts about the prison system in the United States. Including: 1) The U.S. is the world leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people in the nation's prisons and jails. 2) Between 1980 and 2014 "a series of law enforcement and sentencing pol...

    This fact sheet by the Sentencing Project goes through a number of key facts about the prison system in the United States. Including:

    1) The U.S. is the world leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people in the nation's prisons and jails.

    2) Between 1980 and 2014 "a series of law enforcement and sentencing policy changes of the 'tough on crime' era resulted in dramatic growth in incarceration."

    3) Harsher sentencing has also occured: "Harsh sentencing law like mandatory minimums, combined with cutbacks in parole release, keep people in prison for longer periods of time."

    4) Incarceration is more prevalent in specific gender and racial groups. "Today, people of color make up 37% of the U.S. population but 67% of the prison population. Overall, African Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences."

    5) "Studies suggest that rising imprisonment has not played a major role in" the decreasing crime rates.

    This fact sheet also looks at key legislation that has recently stabilized the prison population and looks at "where do we need to go from here?"

    Figure 2 Criminal Justice