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1/4th of the World’s Prisoners

Fact: The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. This does not include those on parole or direct state supervision.

Source: The New York Times, U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations


Youth in Prison

Fact: As of 2012, over 2,500 juveniles are serving life without parole in the United States.

Fact: The United States is the only country in the world that allows children to get life in prison.

Fact: America incarcerates juveniles at five times the rate of the next closest country (South Africa) and 100 times the rate of comparable countries.

Fact: Only 26% of incarcerated youth committed a violent crime.

Sources: ACLU, End Juvenile Life Without Parole; AECF, No Place for Kids


Fact: Globally, less than 1 out of 9 countries have bans on voting post-release from jail. In the U.S., every state does, except for Vermont and Maine.

Source: “Felon voting rights have a bigger impact on U.S. elections than voter ID laws

Fact: In at least three states (Florida, Virginia, Kentucky), more than one fifth of the adult black population is ineligible to vote because of criminal convictions. Across the nation, 1 out of 13 blacks are ineligible to vote.

Source: Sentencing Project, State Level Estimates of Felon Disenfranchisement in the U.S.

Fact: In Florida, 10% of the population is ineligible to vote because of a ban on felons at the polls.

Source: New York Times, on Eric Holder