Prison & Rehabilitation
people are incarcerated in the US today
The US has less than 5% of the world's population, yet is responsible for around 25% of the world's incarcerated population. Mass incarceration is a growing problem in America. San Quentin State Prison is designed to hold 3,082 inmates, it currently has 3,774. It is at 122% capacity.
of the incarcerated population are African Americans and Hispanics
Although African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US population, they comprise over 55% of the incarcerated population. If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rate as whites, the prison population would decrease by 40%.
of ex-felons recidivate within five years of their release
Recidivism is the rearrest or conviction of a previously incarcerated individual. Recidivism rates in the US are extremely high, and may be linked to re-entry difficulties. Over 76% of the formerly incarcerated are rearrested within five years of their release, and over 55% are returned to prison.
of those incarcerated will be released at some point
Rehabilitative programs - including GED classes, college degrees, AA, NA, job training - have been shown to greatly reduce recidivism rates and provide inmates with better chances of successfully reintegrating into society.