I am currently inspectionally reading Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse by Todd Clear and ran across some interesting factoids that I wanted to share:
From Page 5: “For most of the twentieth century, the imprisonment rate in the United States hovered at a bit over 100 people behind bars for every 100,000 citizens. But beginning in 1973, the incarceration rate grew annually, and today it is five times that rate (724).”
From Page 8: “Sociologist Bruce Western has shown that, in the last 25 years, black high school dropouts have been almost five times more likely to go to prison than white high school dropouts, and that this difference in incarceration rates has been growing.”
I will be bringing more statistics about this, as I have stated previously, we are building a new jail in Madison County, TN and I need as much information as I can get my hands on. If you have any pertinent information, please let me know.