11 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Jails In America

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11 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Jails In America

A new report by the Vera Institute of Justice that shows just how costly jail stays can be for inmates, for their communities, and for taxpayers.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit Vera Institute for Justice published a new report on the state of jails in the United States.

Based on a large-scale analysis of government statistics, original research, and a review of existent literature, the report found that many more people pass through local jails than through federal prisons.

It also found that a large percentage of jail inmates come from marginalized populations, that they often remain in jail simply because of lack of money, and that even a short stint behind bars can have profound negative effects on a person’s life.

Here’s what you need to know.

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