In an era where crime has never been lower why do incarceration rates continue to skyrocket and how do we remedy what’s become a systemic problem perpetrated by both parties? With 4% of the World’s population and 22% of all prisoners something needs to be done.
1980 - 501,800 Americans incarcerated
1990 - 1,148,700 Americans incarcerated
2000 - 1,937,400 Americans incarcerated
2017- 2,362,500 Americans incarcerated
That is approximately a 450% increase since Reagan’s 1980 Beacon of Hope speech