I found this short video titled “US Prison System by the Numbers.” It’s informative and a good short primer on the scope of the PIC in the U.S. It was created by Patrick Kipper.
Category: Crazy Fact of the Day
—Number of federal prison inmates: 219,000 (about 14% of the total prison/jail population)
—Number of inmates in federal prisons for drug offenses, 1980: 4,700
—Number of inmates in federal prisons for drug offenses, 2010: 97,500
—Number of federal convictions for drug offenses each year: 25,000
—Number of federal drug convictions each year for lower-level drug offenses such as street dealing or delivering: 11,250
—Percentage of federal inmates convicted of drug offenses who are African-American: 30 percent
—Percentage of federal inmates convicted of drug offenses who are Hispanic: 40 percent
- The single largest driver in the increase in the federal prison population since 1998 is longer sentences for drug offenders.
- The average inmate in minimum-security federal prison costs $21,000 each year. The average inmate in maximum-security federal prisons costs $33,000 each year.
- Federal prison costs are expected to rise to 30 percent of the Department of Justice’s budget by 2020 .
Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, The Sentencing Project, and Wonkblog
It seems to me that Buzzfeed should not be the only one to publish lists of things. So today, welcome to Prison Culturefeed’s list of 7 things you should know about the prison industrial complex.
Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) 2012 report, Old Behind Bars, found that, between 2007 and 2010, the number of sentenced prisoners aged 65 or older grew 94 times faster than the total sentenced prisoner population during that same period.
I’ve written quite a bit about aging in prison on this blog. Here’s one example that includes some striking photographs by Tim Gruber.
According to a new fact sheet (PDF) released by the Sentencing Project last week, the number of women in prison increased by 646% between 1980 and 2010, rising from 15,118 to 112,797. Including women in local jails, more than 205,000 women are now incarcerated.
The chart below depicts the rise in number of women prisoners from 1994 to 2008. Still stunning to see…
10.4 percent of the African-American male population ages 25 to 29 is incarcerated. More than 3 million Black households have a close relative currently or previously on parole or probation.
(Source: Reed, 2012)