Per capita, the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any industrialized nation in the world. Over 2.3 million Americans are living behind bars or under conditions where the state oversees their conduct.
Crime rates have continued to fall over the past 25 years, however, incarceration rates have grown. Funding to build prisons exceeds funding to build schools.
We incarcerate 1 in 8 American men of all races and 1 in 3 African American men.