In this article, the New York Times provides all of the sordid the details required to make your heart ache by providing a time line chronicling how Joe Biden used his power as a young legislator to systematically pass laws which built more prisons and locked hundreds of thousands of black and brown people up in them … while he lied to black leaders, convincing them to support the draconian laws that hugely increased the number of inmates incarcerated in the 1980s and 90s – some, for life – and incinerated the stability of family life in these communities.
vlogbrothers has created a sobering video about the “massive $75 BILLION per year failed experiment” we’re living in – which is what it costs American taxpayers each year to keep almost 1% of our neighbors in prison.
By age 23, 41% of our country’s juveniles and young adults have been arrested.
Our prisons violate international standards.
Solitary confinement is considered torture under international law but in the United States it is a not governed or monitored by anyone except prison officials.
This massive system costs taxpayers $75 Billion dollars each year.
Private prison contractors have occupancy guarantees that mandate their prisons remain between 80 and 90 percent full.
The video’s done in a light-hearted animation style and is under 4 minutes long, but pay attention to the scary statistics: