Essays on Mass Incarceration
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, by the end of 2016, about 2.3 million people out of the total US population of 324 million has spent at least some time behind the bars – this is about 0.7% of the population. Statistics regarding incarceration rates, placed the United States on the first place in the world in 2013. Essays on mass incarceration help students document and reflect on the causes of this phenomenon but also help understand the reasons for the witnessed racial disproportion among convicted individuals. Many essay topics are on the impact of this phenomenon on individuals and local communities and on the country as a whole, but also on ways to reform the system.