America’s Biggest Growth Industry: Our Prisons

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Unless the systemic factors that have contributed to a 700 percent growth in the federal prison population over the last three decades are addressed, mass incarceration will continue to disproportionately affect poor and minority populations, a series of graphic charts released today by the Justice Policy Center of the Urban Institute make clear.

The charts are based on the findings of the Charles Colson Task Force’s final 

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