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Incarceration Rate

America's Horrifying Mass-Incarceration System, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

The nonprofit Prison Policy Initiative released a graphic on Tuesday showing just how many people are currently locked up in the U.S., as well as wher...

Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

A lot has been reported about our nation's prison system and its bloated population, but this is what it looks like when you take all of the countries...

Colorado Was Just the Beginning

Susan Sarandon | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics
Susan Sarandon

In 2012 I supported Amendment 64 in Colorado, a common sense step toward ending the archaic prohibition mindset that has resulted in the U.S. leading the world in the incarceration of our people -- a prison system packed with non-violent drug offenders.

American Bicycle Thief Released After 3 1/2 Years: A Tale of Sick Justice

Ivan G. Goldman | Posted 06.20.2013 | Books
Ivan G. Goldman

Jurists elsewhere are baffled by America's curious infatuation with keeping so many nonthreatening people behind bars and in such awful conditions. Our system not only imprisons offenders who would not go to jail in other countries; it gives them long sentences.

Time for a New Mistake

Brian O'Dea | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Brian O'Dea

Time to make a new mistake. That's right. Unless we are prepared to do just that, nothing will ever change (for the better). I, for one, do not know what that right thing is, but I am willing to bet it contains two elements: empathy and kindness, both lacking in our current model.

Are We the Most Evil Country in the World?

David Macaray | Posted 05.07.2013 | Crime
David Macaray

If we're not the "most evil" country in the world -- i.e., the country with the greatest number of evil people in it -- then we Americans are doing something terribly wrong, because we have the greatest number of people incarcerated in our prisons.

Time to Be Smart On Crime and Punishment

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

Two weeks ago, I attended the first Meg Whitman-Jerry Brown gubernatorial debate in California. One of the things that struck me was the time-warp qua...