The Real Cost of Mass Incarceration in America

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"The cost of imprisonment — including who benefits and who pays — is a major part of the national discussion around criminal justice policy. But prisons and jails are just one piece of the criminal justice system and the amount of media and policy attention that the various players get is not necessarily proportional to their influence."

Many of us have heard the numbers of how many folks in our country are in prison and jails. But, what does that cost us as a society.  The emotional, spiritual and communal costs are hard to quantify. But, the money is easy to follow.  Read this article to better understand how expensive our system is to our communities.