Tag Archives: incarceration

U.S. Holds Almost 1/3 of All Female Prisoners in the World

Fact: Almost 1/3 of the world’s female prisoners are in the United States.

Fact: The U.S. incarcerates over 200,000 women.

Fact: This is more than China, Russia, and Brazil combined.

Source: Nearly a Third of All Female Prisoners Worldwide Are Incarcerated in the United States, Forbes


Unrestricted Shackling of Juveniles and Pregnant Women

Fact: 36 states allow the indiscriminate shackling of juveniles in court rooms.

Fact: Only 18 states prohibit or restrict the shackling of pregnant prisoners, including during labor.

Fact: Roughly 12,000 women are pregnant at the time of incarceration, including thousands who give birth while incarcerated annually.

Source: DC Attorneys Want Juveniles Released from Shackles in Court, Washington Post; The Shackling of Pregnant Women and Girls in U.S. Prisons, Jails, and Youth Detention Centers; ACLU

250,000 Youth Tried in Adult Criminal Justice System Annually

Fact: Approximately 250,000 youths are tried in the adult criminal justice system annually.

Fact: On any given night, approximately 60,000 youth are incarcerated in a correctional facility or out-of-home placement.

Fact: Approximately 10,000 are incarcerated in an adult jail or prison.

Fact: The overwhelming majority are accused of minor and nonviolent offenses.

Source: Juvenile Justice, Public Welfare  Foundation

Children of Inmates & Mental Illness

Fact: There are approximately 2.7 million children with one or both parents incarcerated in the United States.

Fact: One quarter of black children born in 1990 have seen a parent go to jail or prison by age 14.  

Fact: Children with incarcerated parents are three times more likely to suffer depression and behavioral problems. 

Fact: Children with incarcerated parents are also more likely to suffer from higher levels of asthma, obesity, and speech problems. 

Source: Kids are Paying the Price for America’s Prison Binge, Mother Jones

Over Half of U.S. Prisoners Are Parents

Fact: 52% of state inmates and 63% of federal inmates are parents to a child under 18 years old.

Fact: An estimated 1.7 million minors have one or both parents in prison – approximately 2% of the U.S. youth population. This does not include children with parents who have served time or are currently under probation or parole.

Fact: Since 1991, parents of minor children held in state or federal facilities has increased 79%.

Source: Parents in Prison and Their Minor Children, Bureau of Justice Statistics

15,000 Children in Jail Without a Crime

Fact: There are almost 15,000 children behind bars whose most serious offense was not a crime.

Fact: Of these youth, 12,000 are incarcerated for violating technical terms of parole or probation (rather than a new offense) and 3,000 are incarcerated for, according to the Department of Justice, “behaviors that are not law violations for adults, such as running away, truancy, and incorrigibility.”

SourceMass Incarceration: The Whole Pie, Prison Policy Initiative