Mass Incarceration by the Numbers
March 14, 2017 | Publication | Criminal Justice

Correctional facilities in the United States confine 2.3 million people, according to a report from the Prison Policy Initiative that seeks to provide clarity about the nation’s systems of confinement. The report, supported by the Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, states that the bulk of incarceration flows directly from the policy choices made at the state and local level. Among other findings, the report shows that 99 percent of jail growth over the past 15 years was in the detention of people who are presumed innocent.

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