Take a look at a graph created by Dara Lind using official prison statistics about the number of prisoners in the US per 100,000 adult US residents. The rates now are nearly seven times what they were for nearly an entire century, from 1880 to 1970, when it suddenly shot up when ‘law and order’ and ‘get tough on crime’ became the way to win votes.
America now has a quarter of the world’s prison population while having just 5% of the population. This is crazy. The Daily Show looks at some programs that seek to address this problem.
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