[Video] Shocking Facts About the US Prison System

[Video] Shocking Facts About the US Prison System

On Sunday, after accepting his Academy Award for his song “Glory” in the film “Selma”, John Legend called for reform to the US criminal justice system. In his speech, he stated: “There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850.”

Today there are 1.7 million black men under some form of correctional control such as probation or parole, excluding those held in jail. In 1850, there were roughly 870,000 black men at least 15 years old who were enslaved. The population as a whole has grown significantly since those days, but the point still remains.

This infographic video deals with the US Prison System and has a number of shocking facts. The US has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prison population. This makes the US the world’s largest jailer.

Since 1970 the American prison population has risen 700%. Despite Hispanic and African-Americans making up one-fourth of the population, it turns out they make up a disproportionate 58% of prisoners.

Original graphics by: The Infographics Show


  • Michael Kucewicz

    I guess this site is too politically correct to post my original thought:The Truth! Fact remains,the White Male DOES NOT commit the most violent,jail-worthy crimes in this country.

    • Bill Sachs

      You either haven’t taken criminology or thoroughly educated yourself with “The Truth!”. White males commit the same crimes at an even rate as minority males, yet minority males are statistically targeted and punished with harsh sentences relative to their Caucasian counter-parts for often non-violent, petty crimes.

      • Michael Kucewicz

        No,Bill,I haven’t taken criminology.I was unfortunate to have lived 14 1/2 years of my life in a cage,and I saw who I was in with,heard the anti-white sentiment,heard the bragging on what got them there,even heard them schooling others how to do it right next time.In a 164 man cell block,because 54 of us were white just speaks the truth.Wake up,and be happy and proud of who you are,and don’t be apologetic for being white.

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