pro bo·no pu·bli·co (adj./adv.): for the public good

Criminal Justice

With over 2.3 million people in jail or prison, the U.S. incarcerates more people per capita and in absolute terms than any other country in the world. Although the U.S. contains 5% of the world’s women, it contains 33% of its incarcerated women. Conditions in prisons are overcrowded and inhumane. Private companies like CoreCivic (formerly the Corrections Corporation of America) profit by keeping people behind bars and by denying them decent food, healthcare, and protection. Arrests and sentences are biased against people of color and other minorities. Combating the challenges of mass incarceration and the excessive use of force by law enforcement in this country can no longer wait. We need your help to end the inequality and abuse of the criminal justice system.

Learn More About the Issue

Prison Policy Initiative

The Sentencing Project

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Solitary Watch

The Marshall Project

Vera Institute

“Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country” (Washington Post)