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Petition Against Mass Incarceration in the US

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We oppose mass incarceration in the United States for the following reasons:

The United States has:5% of the world's population but 25% of the world's incarcerated population.Over 7.3 million in jails, prisons, or under some form of correctional supervision.Over 2.4 million individuals behind bars in US prisons and jails.Ages 15 to 29 is the highest age group incarcerated in US prisons and jails.Victims of Mass Incarceration in the US: Blacks,Poor Whites,and Hispanics

Racial Statistics in US prisons/jails:Blacks and Hispanics are over 65% of the US prison and correctional population.Black men are 6% of US population but over 43% in US Federal and States prisons.Black women are 3 times higher than White and Hispanic females in US prisons.Black juveniles are the highest in juvenile detention facilities across the US.Blacks are only 13% of the total US population but the highest in US prisons and jails.Victims of: Mass Black Incarceration in the US.

Implications: Increase in illiteracy, poverty and generational impoverishment.Increase in the breakdown of families, in single parenting and fatherlessness. Increase in HIV/AIDS, Mental illness and Suicide. Increase in social marginalization from mainstream America Increase in the breakdown of communities. Increase in community insecurity and breakdown of public safety.

Solution:Pre-prison: Emphasis on job creation, Education, Sentencing reform/ investigating the War on Drugs.Prison: Emphasis on Rehabilitation and Skills development.Post-prison: Emphasis on Employment, Training and adequate reintegration to reduce Recidivism.

At the end of 2010, two of the largest private prison corporations in America: GEO and Correction Corporation of America made close to $3billion.Warehousing individuals for profiteering at the expense of punishment and discipline is not being smart on crime. Click to Read More In:


This petition is sponsored by The Center for Church and Prison. We are a resource and research center working towards community revitalization through prison reform and strategic solution development and intervention in the high rates of incarceration and recidivism in the United States criminal justice system.


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