Compelling Facts Driving DRI:

  • Prison Population: 2-2.3 million incarcerated in federal, state, county, local, and military prisons.
  • College Education: Only 16% of currently incarcerated offenders have some college credits (not college degrees) while only 24% of formerly incarcerated offenders have some college credits (not college degrees). The national average is 50%.
  • High School Education: 70% of the prison population does not have a high school diploma and needs remedial education support. This is contrasted with the more than 90% of Americans who have a high school diploma.
  • Recidivism: Almost 50% of the recently released return before the end of their first year out. 75% of released inmates will be arrested again within 2-4 years after release. The US ranks 3rd in recidivism (China 1, India 2).
  • Minorities Incarcerated: 35% of the prison population is Black; yet they represent only 13% of the total American population. 23% of the prison population is Hispanic; yet they represent only 13% of the total American population.
  • Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Population: 1,408 per 100,000 for Blacks; 378 per 100,000 for Hispanics; 275 per 100,000 for Whites. Blacks are 5.1 times more likely to be incarcerated than Whites; Hispanics are 1.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than Whites.
  • Median Age: 36.
  • Jobs: More than 30% are unemployed, out of an estimated five million ex-offenders nationwide– or around 1,350,000 unemployed people.

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