The Importance of Criminal Justice Reform
The United States incarcerates its citizens more than any other country. Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts the poor
and people of color and does not make us safer.
The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but nearly 25% of its incarcerated population. 1
In 1972, only 200,000 people were incarcerated in the United States. Today that number has grown exponentially to 2.3 million. 3
From 1980 to 2019, the number of women in jails and prisons in the U.S. grew 788%. Over 231,000 women were incarcerated in 2019. 4