Something to come back to: U.S. mass incarceration and the prison population increase


May 23, 2013 | Lisa Dawson

As shown in the graph below, U.S. prison and jail populations have grown exponentially over the last three decades, raising a variety of questions about this country’s ethics and the state of American democracy. With 2.25 million people behind bars, the U.S. incarceration rate exceeds that of any other country, suggesting the need for large-scale reform.

The following was originally posted on Writing for the Public.

A commenter pointed out (rather aggressively!) that, well, of course the prison population went up because so did the regular population in the U.S.  The original poster responded with this image, which clearly illustrates that there IS something else at work here other than just general population increase, seeing as how those two lines are drastically different:

View the entire post on Writing for the Public.

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