America’s 40-year policy of mass incarceration is deeply unethical, not very effective, and promotes the security of the few at the expense of the many. It’s hard for a person who was born into privilege, to imagine the challenges convicted criminals face, often for crimes that are utterly non-violent.

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Washington’s Prison Profile

Over time

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You can also see the same graph expressed as numbers rather than as rates per 100,000.

Racial disparities

 

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Wondering how the Washington incarceration rate measure up in the global context?

Originally posted on PrisonPolicy.org
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