How Police Leaders Want To Fix US Mass Incarceration
A group of prosecutors and police chiefs is introducing criminal justice reforms in an attempt to cut mass incarceration rates in the U.S.By Kate Grumke | October 21, 2015
The U.S. has an incarceration problem, and the people in charge of incarcerating are trying to change it.
The country makes up less than 5 percent of the world's population but makes up about 22 percent of the worldwide population of people behind bars. And the U.S. has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world, at 698 people out of every 100,000.
Seventy-two percent of people behind bars are nonviolent offenders with no history of violence.