Tag Archives: mass incarceration

Poverty Rate Lower if not for Mass Incarceration

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.

SourcePrison and the Poverty Trap, New York Times


75% of Prisoners Re-Arrested Within 5 Years

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.

Clinical Trials Challenged By Incarceration

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