A Human Rights Issue of Our Time
The United States leads the world in mass incarceration with 2.2 million people behind bars and nearly seven million people incarcerated, on probation, or on parole. In the last 40 years, the US criminal justice system has increased the number of people in jail by 500% – we now have 5% of the world’s population and nearly 25% of its prisoners. Today, 80% of people incarcerated in prisons across America are from low-income communities and disproportionately from communities of color. That’s millions of men and women across the country separated from their families, jobs, and communities, with enormous inefficiencies in deployment of public dollars and, far more importantly, untold human suffering.
To advance efforts to end mass incarceration and achieve a more just and effective criminal justice system, Propel Justice prioritizes support for organizations that: