• Mental Health and Addiction

    • 64% of inmates suffer from mental illness

    • Nearly 76% of inmates who have a mental health problem are dependent on or abuse alcohol or drugs.

    • There are approximately 3,278 people serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses

  • Juveniles and Incarceration

    • 7.3 million children have at least one incarcerated parent in our nation today. Approximately 70% of these children will end up in the criminal justice system in their lifetime.

    • Some states set the minimum age for trying youth as adults at 10, 12, or 13 years old

    • Some 10,000 children are housed in adult jails & prisons on any given day in the U.S

    • Children are 5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted in adult prisons than they are in juvenile facilities

    • Children are more likely to commit suicide after being housing in adult facilities

  • Race and Incarceration

    • While people of color make up about 30% of the United States’ population, they account for 60% of those imprisoned

    • 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 Caucasian men  

    • The majority of illegal drug users and dealers nationwide are Caucasian, still three-fourths of all people imprisoned for drug offenses have been African American or Latino

    • Today there are more African-American adults under correctional control, in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War

  • Hiring Practices for People with Criminal Record

    • 1 in 4 Americans have some kind of a criminal record

    • Nearly 12 million Texans have a criminal record, or more than 4 out of 10 people

    • Only 8% of employers are open to hiring an applicant with a record

    • If hiring discrimination takes place, it is most likely (76%) to take place at the first interaction: the submission of a job application

    • A 2011 study of the formerly incarcerated found that employment was the single most important influence on decreasing recidivism

    • Formerly incarcerated persons with at least one year of employment had a 16% recidivism rate over three years, as compared to 52% rate for all incarceration releases

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