mass incarceration

On Aug. 18 the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would soon begin to phase out private prisons due to safety concerns. The change was made due to numerous reports of abuse and neglect occurring in private, for-profit prisons that hold federal contracts. The government began contracting with private companies to run prisons in the…

Read more An end to private prisons?

By Joshua Russell There are a plethora of injustices that need to be reformed in the U.S. criminal justice system. From harsh mandatory minimums to the many restrictions that are placed on people after their return from prison, reforms are desperately needed at every level. But it would be foolish and dangerous to undertake these…

Read more Race and mass incarceration

Since 1980, the U.S. prison population has expanded 500%, an astounding figure that has resulted in 2.3 million people in prison, more than any other country in the world. Using this interactive map from the Vera Institute for Justice, you can see just how much the incarceration rate has changed in your county over the…

Read more Mapping mass incarceration

In the colossal entity that is the United States criminal justice system, an estimated 20% of prisons are private and for-profit. Private prisons provide an awful incentive to continue the sad trend of mass incarceration that the United States has had for decades. Contracts that federal and state governments have with private prisons usually stipulate…

Read more Private prisons continue to thrive

By Joshua Russell The United States considers itself to be a leader in many areas. One of the areas that we lead in, however, is a shameful one. The United States incarcerates more people (currently 2.2 million) at a higher rate than any other country in the world. Misguided policies and laws, including mandatory minimum…

Read more Profiting from prisons