Mass incarceration is devastating.
Mass incarceration is a major problem in the Unites States. Our country has 4% of the world’s population, but 25% of its prison population1. Sadly, 50% of those formerly incarcerated end up back in prison within 5 years of leaving2. The prison industry costs taxpayers $182 billion annually, and it helps create devastating cycles of poverty and imprisonment that devastate families3. We lock up too many people, for too long, and then make it incredibly difficult for them to re-enter society when they leave. The net result is a complex problem in need of an innovative solution.