Issue Briefs

an inmate sitting in a locked prison cellFrom 1991, US incarceration rates have risen from 480 per 100,000 residents to a 690 per 100,000 residents around 2014. This compares unfavorably with the typical global rate of 130, and at least double the incarceration rate of 90% of all other countries in the world.

With one year of their release, 43.4% of offenders are rearrested. Within three years, that rate is up to 67.8%.

High incarceration rates and high recidivism have left our prison system in a constant state of overcrowding. Federal jurisdiction currently houses a prison population that is 128% of capacity.

This brief will help you understand the causes behind these shocking statistics.

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