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Less than 5% of the world’s population is in the United States, but 20% of the world’s incarcerated people are right here:

Sources for Statistics

Here are some references to view both National and state level statistics and reports that characterize the Prison population to better understand the situation as a guidance for action.

The non-profit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization, and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society.

The Council works to advance understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and build consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all.

Population Summary Report gives statistical information about people in state facilities.

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