2.4 million behind bars

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Almost 2.4 million people are held in prisons in the United States. The Prison Policy Initiative recently released a report Mass Incarcerations: Whole Pie to bring attention to the fact that the United States locks up more people, per capita, than any other nation. For example, here are almost 15,000 children behind bars whose “most serious offense” wasn’t a crime, and there are almost 34,000 immigrants held in detention centers across the country.

Our five part series America Behind the Bars examines the culture of incarceration and the structure of the prison system in the U.S.

As part of the Sackler Center for Feminist Art series "States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children and People of Color," the Brooklyn Museum hosted in New York a panel that examines the devastating impact the youth justice system has on black and Latino young people, as well as health care for incarcerated women, and the need for comprehensive reform.

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