We have 2.3 million American adults incarcerated in prisons and jails nationwide. That means more than 1 in 100 adults is now behind bars in America, by far the highest rate of any nation.
Prisons and jails in the United States have become overcrowded. And as they get stretched thin, they offer fewer programs aimed at rehabilitation.
This crisis isn’t cheap, either: As taxpayers, we spend more than $80 billion a year for this system.