Fact: Researchers from Villanova estimate that the poverty rate would be 20% lower today if not for the mass incarceration policies of the last few decades.
Fact: Absent the mass incarceration policies, an estimated five million fewer people would have fallen below the poverty line.
Source: Prison and the Poverty Trap, New York Times
Fact: According to Department of Justice statistics, 67.8% of former prisoners are re-arrested for a new crime within three years.
Fact: 76.6% of former prisoners are re-arrested for a new crime within five years.
Source: Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 30 States in 2005: Patterns from 2005 to 2010, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Fact: A recent study by Yale University indicates that poor follow-up rates in 14 National Institutes of Health-funded studies may be attributed to the mass incarceration state.
Fact: Approximately 65% of the loss of follow-up among black male participants is attributed to incarceration.
Source: Politico, Black Men, Incarceration and Clinical Trials