The Sentencing Project is a non profit organization that collects data about prisoners and suggests policy reforms. The 2016 Trends in US Corrections data sheet has been released and can be found here.
Information includes prison population, rates of international incarceration, state expenditures, population by offense, population for drug offenses, and female, racial, and youth population in prisons.
In this clip from Full Frontal, Samantha Bee reports on the technical problems with field drug test kits and, like all aspects of the criminal justice system, the different ramifications for people of color.
When we argue that an act of deviance is committed because of a mental disorder it changes who responds (doctors v. police), what the response should be (treatment v. punishment), and their responsibility for their actions (not their fault v. their fault). If this is the case, then we treat pedophilia in contradictory ways in our culture. We tend to think of pedophiles as ‘sick,’ yet we do fault them. In doing so, we conflate the attraction with actions. As such, we do not offer any preventative treatment.
Despite drops in crime, the number of prisoners in the US has continued to increase. The US locks up more people per capita than any other country; we are 5% of the world population with 25% of the world’s prisoners. The number of people in prison has quadrupled since 1980, currently roughly 1 in every 100 adults.