Category: data visualization

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

Feb 22 2013

Infographic: Is This Justice?


Jan 18 2013

Infographic: Stop & Frisk by the NYPD


Jan 15 2013

The Drug War: Still Racist and Failing #4

This video does a good job of breaking down the exponential growth of the prison population and attributes the major part of the growth to the “War on Drugs.”

Also, the Wall Street Journal published a pretty good article about the War on Drugs. One key excerpt:

The total number of persons incarcerated in state and federal prisons in the U.S. has grown from 330,000 in 1980 to about 1.6 million today. Much of the increase in this population is directly due to the war on drugs and the severe punishment for persons convicted of drug trafficking. About 50% of the inmates in federal prisons and 20% of those in state prisons have been convicted of either selling or using drugs. The many minor drug traffickers and drug users who spend time in jail find fewer opportunities for legal employment after they get out of prison, and they develop better skills at criminal activities.

Dec 04 2012

Graphic: Map of United States Labeled As Countries With Similar Prison Populations