Facts about the U.S. criminal justice system

MCC Photo/Silas Crews
MCC Photo/Silas Crews

2.2 million
Number of people locked up in prisons, jails, juvenile and immigration facilities in the U.S., the highest incarceration rate in the world.

1 in 2
Federal prisoners who are there because of drug charges

1 in 23
Lifetime chance of being incarcerated for white men

1 in 3
Lifetime chance of being incarcerated for African-American men

$80 billion
Amount spent annually on federal, state and local corrections in the U.S.

2.7 million
Number of children in the U.S. with a parent in prison.

Sources: Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Prison Policy Initiative, Sentencing Project, Justice Policy Institute.

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