Category: data visualization

May 17 2014

Image of the Day: Map – Status of slavery in the United States, 1775-1865. (1893)

Status of slavery in the United States, 1775-1865. (1893)

Status of slavery in the United States, 1775-1865. (1893)

May 01 2014

Infographic: The Growth of Incarceration in the U.S….

Yesterday, a new report was released by the National Research Council. The report explored comprehensive data on the rise of U.S. state and federal prison populations from 1973 to 2009 to better understand demographics and the societal impacts of high incarceration rates. Some of the findings will be familiar:

* With the inclusion of local jails, the U.S. penal population totals 2.2 million adults, the largest in the world; the U.S. has nearly one-quarter of the world’s prisoners, but only 5 percent of its population.

* Nearly 1 in 100 adults is in prison or jail, which is 5 to 10 times higher than rates in Western Europe and other democracies.

* Of those incarcerated in 2011, about 60 percent were black or Hispanic.

* Black men under age 35 who did not finish high school are more likely to be behind bars than employed in the labor market.

* In 2009, 62 percent of black children 17 or younger whose parents had not completed high school had experienced a parent being sent to prison, compared with 17 percent for Hispanic children and 15 percent for white children with similarly educated parents.

Below is an infographic from the report:

Apr 28 2014

New Interactive Map on Youth Incarceration

The W. Haywood Burns Institute has released an interactive map that breaks data down by state according to racial disparities and non-violent offenses. The map is based on federal data for 2011 is the most recent information available. In 2011:

—75 percent of all youth are incarcerated for non-violent offenses.

—Two-thirds of those youth are of color.

—Black youth are 4.6 times as likely to be incarcerated than white youth.

—Native American youth are 3.2 times as likely.

—Latino youth are 1.8 times as likely.

Check out the maps yourselves to see how your state fares.

Apr 25 2014

Data Visualization: Rise of U.S. Incarceration 1978-2012

It’s no secret that I love data and data visualization. David Mendoza of the Mendoza Line has illustrated the rise of incarceration in the U.S. from 1978 to 2012. Click HERE to get the full effect of the visualization.

U.S. Imprisonment Rate Per 100,000 Residents, 1978-2012 by David Mendoza

U.S. Imprisonment Rate Per 100,000 Residents, 1978-2012 by David Mendoza

Mar 11 2014

The Drug War: Still Racist and Failed #25

First, the Drug Policy Alliance hosted a conversation with Michelle Alexander which is well-worth listening to here.


Over 50 percent of inmates currently in federal prison are there for drug offenses, according to an infographic recently released by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (see chart below). That percentage has risen fairly consistently over decades, all the way from 16 percent in 1970.

The second-largest category, immigration-related crimes, accounts for 10.6 percent of inmates. This means that people convicted of two broad categories of nonviolent crimes — drugs and immigration — make up over 60 percent of the U.S. prison population.


More in the Huffington Post.

Nov 23 2013

Crazy PIC Fact(s) of the Day: 11/23/13 Edition

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.

Jun 04 2013

The Drug War: Still Racist and Failed #18

The New York Times reports on a new ACLU study about marijuana use and enforcement:

Black Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, even though the two groups used the drug at similar rates, according to new federal data.

The Times story includes the following map which illustrates the disparities in marijuana arrests.

Please read the entire interactive ACLU report HERE.


Apr 05 2013

Crazy PIC Fact of the Day


Mar 29 2013

Infographic: Youth Incarceration



Mar 14 2013

Image of the Day: Lynching Map


Learn more about the origins of this lynching map here