It's well-known that the U.S. has a high incarceration rate, but this graphic representation is still rather shocking. I mean really, check out that huge spike beginning in the 1970s (which is largely due to the War on Drugs). Pretty crazy, don't ya think?
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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