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Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison | Activist Post
#1 There are more than 2.4 million people behind bars in America as you read this article.#2 Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons has quadrupled.#3 The incarceration rate in the United States is more than 4 times higher than the incarceration rate in the UK and more than 6 times higher than the incarceration rate in Canada.#4 Approximately 12 million people cycle through local jails in the U.S. each and every year.#5 Overall, the United States has the largest prison population and the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.#6 Approximately one out of every four prisoners on the entire planet are in U.S. prisons, but the United States only accounts for about five percent of the total global population.#7 The state of Maryland (total population 5.9 million) has more people in prison than Iraq (total population 31.9 million).#8 The state of Ohio (total population 11.6 million) has more people in prison than Pakistan (total population 192.1 million).#9 Incredibly, 41 percent of all young people in America have been arrested by the time they turn 23.#10 Between 1990 and 2009 the number of Americans in private prisons increased by about 1600 percent.#11 At this point, private prison companies operate more than 50 percent of all “youth correctional facilities” in this nation.#12 There are more African-Americans under “correctional supervision” right now than were in slavery in the United States in 1850.#13 Approximately 90 percent of those being held in prisons in the United States are men.#14 The incarceration rate for African-American men is more than 6 times higher than it is for white men.#15 An astounding 37.2 percent of African-American men from age 20 to age 34 with less than a high school education were incarcerated in 2008.#16 Police in New York City conducted nearly 700,000 “stop-and-frisk searches” in 2011 alone.#17 The “SWATification” of America has gotten completely and totally out of control.  Back in 1980, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States for the entire year.  Today, there aremore than 80,000 SWAT raids in the United States every single year.#18 Illegal immigrants make up approximately 30 percent of the total population in our federal, state and local prisons.#19 The average “minimum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $21,000 a year.#20 The average “maximum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $33,000 a year.#21 Overall, it costs more than 60 billion dollars a year to keep all of these people locked up.
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america-wakiewakie:

Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison | Activist Post

#1 There are more than 2.4 million people behind bars in America as you read this article.

#2 Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons has quadrupled.

#3 The incarceration rate in the United States is more than 4 times higher than the incarceration rate in the UK and more than 6 times higher than the incarceration rate in Canada.

#4 Approximately 12 million people cycle through local jails in the U.S. each and every year.

#5 Overall, the United States has the largest prison population and the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.

#6 Approximately one out of every four prisoners on the entire planet are in U.S. prisons, but the United States only accounts for about five percent of the total global population.

#7 The state of Maryland (total population 5.9 million) has more people in prison than Iraq (total population 31.9 million).

#8 The state of Ohio (total population 11.6 million) has more people in prison than Pakistan (total population 192.1 million).

#9 Incredibly, 41 percent of all young people in America have been arrested by the time they turn 23.

#10 Between 1990 and 2009 the number of Americans in private prisons increased by about 1600 percent.

#11 At this point, private prison companies operate more than 50 percent of all “youth correctional facilities” in this nation.

#12 There are more African-Americans under “correctional supervision” right now than were in slavery in the United States in 1850.

#13 Approximately 90 percent of those being held in prisons in the United States are men.

#14 The incarceration rate for African-American men is more than 6 times higher than it is for white men.

#15 An astounding 37.2 percent of African-American men from age 20 to age 34 with less than a high school education were incarcerated in 2008.

#16 Police in New York City conducted nearly 700,000 “stop-and-frisk searches” in 2011 alone.

#17 The “SWATification” of America has gotten completely and totally out of control.  Back in 1980, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States for the entire year.  Today, there aremore than 80,000 SWAT raids in the United States every single year.

#18 Illegal immigrants make up approximately 30 percent of the total population in our federal, state and local prisons.

#19 The average “minimum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $21,000 a year.

#20 The average “maximum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $33,000 a year.

#21 Overall, it costs more than 60 billion dollars a year to keep all of these people locked up.

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Keith Olbermann Speaks Out About Sports Sexism, Calling For “Basic Human Respect”

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on camera, dragging the unconscious body of his girlfriend Janay Palmer out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. In the video, Palmer is limp, and though Rice tries repeatedly to prop her body up, she continues to fall to the ground. 



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Last week, the NFL announced its decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice for just 2 games following an incident of domestic violence that was captured on video. 
Social media reacted with horror at this lenient suspension, and there was an outpouring of men using #RayRice to speak out against violence against women. Best of all, most of them channeled their outrage by calling on the NFL to hold their players accountable and take domestic violence more seriously.By speaking up in this way, men everywhere showed how easy it is to #BeThatGuy who makes it clear that this is unacceptable.

Last week, the NFL announced its decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice for just 2 games following an incident of domestic violence that was captured on video. 

Social media reacted with horror at this lenient suspension, and there was an outpouring of men using #RayRice to speak out against violence against women. Best of all, most of them channeled their outrage by calling on the NFL to hold their players accountable and take domestic violence more seriously.

By speaking up in this way, men everywhere showed how easy it is to #BeThatGuy who makes it clear that this is unacceptable.

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Check out this BRILLIANT satirical infographic created by Femifesto (via Bust)
This tongue-in-cheek guide to not getting raped perfectly sums up the *helpful* tips women are constantly bombarded with, many of which are just thinly-veiled victim-blaming. 
Check it out and share it!
-Mihika

Check out this BRILLIANT satirical infographic created by Femifesto (via Bust)

This tongue-in-cheek guide to not getting raped perfectly sums up the *helpful* tips women are constantly bombarded with, many of which are just thinly-veiled victim-blaming. 

Check it out and share it!

-Mihika

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destinyjade00:

This.

Buzzfeed turns the tables on a couple of recent ads in this amusing video. Check it out.

By re-imagining these videos, and replacing the hyper-sexualized female actors with male actors, it’s even more apparent (to those who can’t ALREADY see how absurd these ads are in their original forms) that this kind of advertising is kind of, well, dumb. Not to mention the social repercussions of the continual objectification of women by the media.

The idea that “sex sells” is super outdated- as like this are unoriginal and reveal a serious lack of creativity.

Tweet us @breakthrough and tell us what you think!

-Mihika

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mslopez9:

Today is Malala Day. Lets all honor this incredibly courageous and admirable young woman.She is my inspiration and will always and forever be in my heart.

mslopez9:

Today is Malala Day. Lets all honor this incredibly courageous and admirable young woman.She is my inspiration and will always and forever be in my heart.

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halftheskymovement:

Today is Malala Day, a chance to celebrate and advocate for girls’ education. Malala Fund is working to provide access to education for girls in Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya and Jordan. Show your support by telling everybody what you are #StrongerThan, and learn more at http://www.malala.org/ 

halftheskymovement:

Today is Malala Day, a chance to celebrate and advocate for girls’ education. Malala Fund is working to provide access to education for girls in Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya and Jordan. Show your support by telling everybody what you are #StrongerThan, and learn more at http://www.malala.org/ 

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usengageun:

Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit UNICEF

usengageun:

Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. 

Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit UNICEF

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