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How Many Americans Are Unnecessarily Incarcerated?

Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. prison population — 576,000 people — are behind bars with no compelling public safety reason, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The first-of-its-kind analysis provides a blueprint for how the country can drastically cut its prison population while still keeping crime rates near historic lows.

Kalief Browder’s siblings hope new documentary ‘Time: The Story of Kalief Browder’ prevents their brother’s case from repeating – ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/US/kalief-browders-siblings-hopes-documentary-time-story-kalief/story?id=45980654

The truth of the hellish nightmare he experienced inside Rikers is now being explored in a six-part Spike TV documentary, “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” produced by the Weinstein Company and Jay-Z.

“I think people will see his story and realize like man, this is going on,” Jay-Z said during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival. “This is not like one case that happened. This is happening a lot for people, you know especially places where I come from.”

America has locked up so many black people it has warped our sense of reality – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/26/america-has-locked-up-so-many-black-people-it-has-warped-our-sense-of-reality/?utm_term=.58d021a7d4bf

According to a Wonkblog analysis of government statistics, about 1.6 percent of prime-age white men (25 to 54 years old) are institutionalized. If all those 590,000 people were recognized as unemployed, the unemployment rate for prime-age white men would increase from about 5 percent to 6.4 percent.

For prime-age black men, though, the unemployment rate would jump from 11 percent to 19 percent. That’s because a far higher fraction of black men — 7.7 percent, or 580,000 people — are institutionalized.