Mass Incarceration

The U.S. cages more people in its jails, prisons, and detention centers than any other country in the world, disproportionately harming communities of color and costing taxpayers billions. At Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, we partner with frontline advocates to free people from the violence and trauma of imprisonment while advocating for solutions that look beyond punishment.

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  • 700%

    Increase in the number of people our country incarcerates since 1970

  • 1 in 2

    Black women have an incarcerated loved one

  • $260 billion

    What mass incarceration costs U.S. taxpayers each year


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