Since the war on drugs began in 1971, America’s prison population has surged 700 per cent to 2.4 million.Prisoners have become part of the economy, manufacturing and assembling products for major corporations, while private prisons have emerged as multi-billion dollar operations.
Now that there are more Americans under correctional supervision than were in Stalin’s gulags, it’s officially out of control.
Since the war on drugs started in 1970, America's prison population has surged 700 per cent to 2.4 million
There are 50,000 arrests for low-level pot possession a year in New York City, representing one out of every seven cases that turn up in criminal courts
Although blacks make up just 13 per cent of the overall population, they account for 40 per cent of US prisoners
The U.S. has the largest immigration detention infrastructure in the world, including 961 sites either directly owned by or under contract with the federal government
Nearly 10 per cent of US prisons and jails are private, dominated by two major firms — Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group
CCA and GEO Group now manage 16 per cent of federal prisons and nearly 7 per cent of state ones to the tune of nearly $3 billion in combined revenue in 2010
The Justice Department said more than 216,600 people were sexually abused in prisons and jails in 2008, at least 17,100 of which took place in juvenile detention
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