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The info above is shocking on its own, but it would be a huge omission on my part if I failed to mention the role that race plays in U.S. incarceration. Did you know that in the U.S., 1 in 13 black adults have had a felony conviction, but that number for all races is only 1 in 40? For more info on race and prison, head on over to these posts on drug charges, public vs. private prisons, and juveniles.

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These graphs came from an article in The Nation and have been reposted here with permission. For what it's worth, we think the numbers from the second graph are a bit out of date (our fact checkers say they come from a 2007 report). For more up-to-date numbers, check out this document. Yep, the U.S. is wayyy out in front (we're #1!?) in the newer data set as well. Thumbnail photo is from "Orange Is the New Black" (which, just to say it, may have its own race issues as well).

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