Criminal Justice News

10 Criminal Justice Facts You Probably Never Knew

1. WOMEN: There has been a “760% increase in the number of women incarcerated since 1980.” ((The Sentencing Project)
2. MENTAL ILLNESS: “Ten times more mentally ill people are in jails and prisons than state psychiatric hospitals.” (Slate, January 5, 2016)
3. DEBT: “People with convictions are saddled with…fees, fines, and debt (while) their economic opportunities are diminished, resulting in a lack of economic stability …” (Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, September 2015)
4. PLEA BARGAINING: The…majority of felony convictions are now the result of plea bargains—some 94 percent at the state level, and some 97 percent at the federal level. (The Atlantic, September 2017)
5. JUVENILES: Despite a significant drop (nearly 50 %) in the number of juveniles committed to juvenile facilities, youth of color are more likely to be committed than white juveniles. (The Sentencing Project)
6. STIGMA: “Being locked up scars, stigmatizes and damages.” (The New Republic, June 28, 2017)
7. “A history of incarceration is linked to vulnerability to disease…and a greater likelihood of premature death.” (The New Republic, June 28, 2017)
8. AFRICAN AMERICANS: “African Americans make up nearly 1 million of 2.3 million persons incarcerated and are incarcerated at six (6) times the rate of whites.” (The New Republic, June 28, 2017)
9. OLDER INMATES: “Nationally, the prison population aged 55 and older quadrupled while the overall prison population increased by 41%.” (“Aging in Prison: Reducing Elder Incarceration and Promoting Public Safety”–Release Aging People in Prison Campaign report, November 2015)
10. EMPLOYMENT: “Nationwide nearly 60 percent of ex-prisoners are unemployed one year after their release from prison.” (Prison Fellowship)

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