Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016 By Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy March 14, 2016 Press release Wait, does the United States have 1.4 million or more than 2 million people in prison?Are most people in state and federal prisons locked up for drug offenses?Sadly, in June 2016, we lost Melissa’s father, Paul White, to leukemia. Life was going great until one day in middle of summer of 2008.The person I truly adored, loved was diagnosed with Bone Marrow cancer (Myeloma).I was 23 at the time and had absolutely no idea what it meant.I remember asking my friends, family, "what is cancer" and no one could tell me what it was.
Then, on October 23rd 2005, when I was 27, I was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).
I did try to research by reading books, going to multiple doctors for endless number of opinions and all i wanted to hear then was " It can be cured ".
I have copied part of the press release by Prison Policy Initiative from March 4, 2016. It is a must read for anyone who has family or friends incarcerated,or for anyone who pays taxes and wants to know what is happening to their money in terms of effectiveness. There are so many people incarcerated who should be treated differently, yet the judicial system continues to incarcerate them. (Because they are not static, I could not copy them here).
Every year, 636,000 people walk out of prison gates, but people go to jail over 11 million times each year.2 Jail churn is particularly high because most people in jails3 have not been convicted.
Some have just been arrested and will make bail in the next few hours or days, and others are too poor to make bail and must remain behind bars until their trial.