The TRUTH About Police Murder and Mass Incarceration in the United States

September 21, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


Killings by Police

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Number of people in the U.S. killed by police this year (through September 18, 2015): 837.

Number of police killed by people this year (through September 18, 2015): 31.

Number of police who have been charged or indicted over the 10-year period 2005-2015, during which police killed thousands of people: 45 (only 11 of whom have been convicted of any crime).

Black people are two-and-a-half times as likely to be killed by police than are white people.

A Nation of Mass Incarceration

There are approximately 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails.

Black people are about 13 percent of the U.S. population but make up almost 40 percent of the total prison and jail population. African-Americans, Latinos, and American Indians have the highest rates of incarceration.

The United States has five percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its prisoners.

In 2015, there are more than 201,000 women prisoners in the U.S., about 8.8 percent of the total American prison and jail population, and the U.S. female prison/jail population is growing.

Nearly a third of all female prisoners worldwide are incarcerated in the U.S.

African-American women’s incarceration rate has increased by 800 percent since 1986, compared with an increase of 400 percent for women of other races and nationalities.


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