Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017

March 15, 2017
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017
Author: Prison Policy Initiative

Correctional facilities in the United States confine 2.3 million people, according to this report from the Prison Policy Initiative that seeks to provide clarity about the nation’s systems of confinement. Supported by the Safety and Justice Challenge, the report answers the essential questions of how many people are locked up, where, and why. The report also states that the bulk of incarceration flows from policy choices made at the state and local level. Among other findings, it reveals that 99 percent of jail growth over the last 15 years was in the detention of people who are presumed innocent.