Mass Incarceration

Facts about the mass incarceration of people of color in the U.S.

The United States leads the world in incarceration, with over 2.4 million people behind bars—a 500 percent increase over the past 30 years. The United States has 5 percent of the world population, yet approximately 25 percent of its prisoners.

More than 60 percent of the people in prison are people of color. For black males in their twenties, one in every eight is in prison or jail on any given day. Three-fourths of all persons in prison for drug offenses are people of color.

5 things your congregation can do to support prison concerns

1. Educate yourselves about mass incarceration

Korbin Felder is an intern with AFSC in Michigan

Whether you have direct experience or not, get background information, and educate yourselves about the problem of mass incarceration. 

How Much Does It Cost to Keep a Criminal?

Cost of Incarceration

Cost of Incarceration

Cost of Incarceration

How Much Does It Cost to Keep a Criminal?

How Expensive is justice?

Pretty darn costly. But depending on your point of view, the costs of keeping criminals behind bars or executing them might be worth it.

The Caging of America

This is an interesting article on the Caging of America that we recommend:


New York Times Article

A Critic at Large
The Caging of America
Why do we lock up so many people?
by Adam Gopnic

January 30, 2012

Trayvon Martin, Mass Incarceration, and the Need for Revolution: A Presentation By Clyde Young at Revolution Books

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 7:00pm

2.4 million people most of them                                

Black and Latino in prison!

Racial profiling a pipline to prison
for generations of our youth

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