Incarcerated Americans

The United States incarcerates people at a percentage greater than any other country on Earth. For every 100,000 people, 639 are imprisoned. Plus, many U.S. prisons are now in private hands, thus incentivising that incarceration.

Incarceration rates by country Incarcerated Americans


Post-Civil War (1870) Most state felony disenfranchisement laws are created, along with poll taxes, and literacy tests in an attempt to keep Black men from voting.
1901 Alabama's “moral turpitude” added to State Constitution
1971 Richard Nixon declares War on Drugs
1974 Richardson v. Ramirez held that convicted felons could be barred from voting without violating the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
1983 Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) formed as the first private corrections company.
1984 Sentencing Reform Act - dropped rehabilitation as one of the goals of punishment
1997 Massachusetts votes to revoke the right to vote while incarcerated.
Additional reading

American Jail Association

What Can We Learn From the History of Felony Disenfranchisement?

Number of People by State Who Cannot Vote Due to a Felony Conviction

THE CIA-Contra-Crack Cocaine Controversy

Cocaine, Conspiracy Theories and the CIA in Central America


Netflix Doc: CIA Flooded Black Communities With Crack

Settlement Marks Step Toward Ending Abuses At For-Profit Immigrant Prisons

Oklahomans Languish in Jail Awaiting Mental Health Care...

Detention Watch Network