PSL Member Eugene Puryear talks about what's behind the expansion of U.S. prisons. Between 1995 and 2005, the number of people in U.S. prisons rose by over 37 percent. By 2010, over 7 million people were incarcerated or on probation or parole. The prison population has steadily risen over the last 40 years. This makes the United States the country with the most people in prison.
The government pays nearly $30,000 per year per prisoner, while slashing access to education and public services. Among African-American men in their 20s, one in eight is locked up. The racist “War on Drugs” has imprisoned more poor and working people than ever before. But a growing movement for change is on the rise.