Why The U.S. Has More Prisoners Than Any Other Country

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The U.S. has about 2.2 million adults behind bars. That’s more than any other country. So, why are there so many more prisoners in the U.S.?

Learn More:
Nation Behind Bars
http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/related_material/2014_US_Nation_Behind_Bars_0.pdf
“For decades, the United States has passed laws that discount other forms of punishment in favor of incarceration.”

Ronald Reagan and the Commitment of the Mentally Ill: Capital, Interest Groups, and the Eclipse of Social Policy
http://www.sociology.org/content/vol003.004/thomas.html
“Conventional wisdom suggests that the reduction of funding for social welfare policies during the 1980s is the result of a conservative backlash against the welfare state.”

State Mental Health Cuts: A National Crisis
https://www2.nami.org/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm?ContentFileID=125018
“The recent tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of six innocent citizens in Arizona focused national attention on the state of the public mental health system in Arizona and other states.”

What Causes Overcrowding in Jails and Prisons?
http://www.massdecarcerate.org/download/overcrowding.pdf
“‘In 2004 the United States surpassed Russia in incarceration rates to become the world leader. With 2.2 million inside and upwards of 7 million either on parole, probation or awaiting trial, 1 in every 33 people in the U.S. is now under state control and the number is growing.'”

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