Just the Facts: It's a Locking-People-Up Problem
The crime rate has been dropping for 15 years. But the majority of people believe it goes up every year.
In the past 30 years, the number of people in the penal system increased much more rapidly than the population.
The United States imprisons more people than any other country.
And we don't imprison fairly, especially when it comes to drug laws.
Fixing the prison problem could solve our money problems.
- "Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"
Amy Goodman talks to legal scholar Michelle Alexander about the new American caste system.
- My First Vote:
"I was overjoyed when I got my voter registration card. I was a real citizen! November 4th felt like my birthday." Ex-offenders on reclaiming the human right to vote.
- Photo Essay: The Innocents
Taryn Simon's photographs give a voice to our nation's wrongfully convicted.
Graph #1: "The crime rate has been dropping yet in the past 10 years people think it's been rising— U.S. Census Bureau "Crimes and Crime Rates by Type of Offense: 1980-2008" and Gallup Poll Social Series: Crime (2010)
Graph #2: US pop. vs. Corrections pop.— Bureau of Justice Statistics: Correctional Populations in the United States (2009) and U.S. Census Bureau National Population Estimates
Graph #3: World prison pops.— King's College London International Centre for Prison Studies: World Prison Population List (eighth edition)
Graph #5: Money— US Census Bureau 2010 Census: Total Corrections Expenditures
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