New Jim Crow Fact Sheet

“No To Prisons, Yes To Caring Communities”

We imprison more people than any other country

The U.S. has over 2.4 million behind bars, an increase of over 500% in the past thirty years

We have 5% of the world’s population; 25% of its prisoners

People of color represents 60% of people in cages

One in eight black men in their twenties are locked up on any given day

75% of people in state prison for drug conviction are people of color although blacks and whites see and use drugs at roughly the same rate. In NYS, 94% of those imprisoned for a drug offense are people of color.

The number of drug offenders in state prison has increased thirteen-fold since 1980

5.3 million Americans are denied their right to vote

13% of black men are disenfranchised

Over the past two decades, state spending on prisons grew six times the spending of higher education

From 1997 to 2007 the number of women in prison has increased by 832%

Nearly $70 billion is spent annually on prisons, probation, parole and detention

Our Position: “Mass incarceration and the racist practices of the New Jim Crow as manifested in all the collateral consequences imposed on individuals are communities will be dismantled with a grassroots, bottom-up effort led by those most directly affected and supported by their allies.”


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