- Astonishing pictures show American prison system at breaking point with more than 2million citizens behind bars
- The most overcrowded state, California, has 140,000 inmates when its 33 prisons are only designed to hold 80,000
- Overcapacity is expected to soar to 45 per cent above its maximum limit by 2018
These revealing pictures illustrate America’s prison system at breaking point – with overcrowding in the nation’s jails at its highest for eight years.
Overall, the Bureau of Prisons Network is around 39 per cent over ‘rated capacity’ – their highest level since 2004 – with that figure expected to soar to 45 per cent above its limit by 2018.