5 eye-opening facts about incarceration in the United States Associated Press
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Did you know that the United States has more inmates than any other country in the world? Roughly 2.2 million people are currently in American jails or prisons.

That’s just one of many sobering statistics about U.S. incarceration.

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States spend billions of dollars on their prison populations every year.

And those populations are uneven. In America, black men are six times more likely than white men to be in jail; Hispanic men are twice as likely as non-Hispanic white men.

Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at [email protected].
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