AUSTIN, TEXAS – February 8, 2019
There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country – mostly black and Hispanic. The figures show that the United States has locked up more people than any other country: a half million more than China, which has a population five times greater than the U.S.
From less than 300,000 inmates in 1972, the jail population grew to 2 million by the year 2000. In 1990 it was one million.
220,000 people are now in “commercial prisons”. In literature and the press, this phenomenon has been dubbed...