Mass Incarceration in the US

Published on Apr 4, 2014

Thanks to Visually ( for facilitating the creation of this video, to for the animation, and to The Prison Policy Initiative for research help and fact checking. (

It wasn’t easy to pick this topic, but I believe that America’s 40-year policy of mass incarceration is deeply unethical, not very effective, and promotes the security of the few at the expense of the many.

It’s hard for me, as a person who was born into privilege, to imagine the challenges convicted criminals face, often for crimes that are utterly non-violent.

If you’re feeling like you want to do something about this, I’m mostly just making this video as an informational resource and to encourage people to think of felons not as bad, scary people but just as people.

The people at The Prison Policy Initiative were very helpful in the creation of this video and if you want to learn more about their work and how to get involved go to


4 thoughts on “Mass Incarceration in the US

  1. Prisons are a business now and you know their aim is to keep the prisons full. Looking to the future, I wonder when we will begin to eat people. Actually, this is what we are doing now, in a way. How sad and sick!


  2. Well done. The majority of prisoners are incarcerated for drug charges and cannot afford adequate representation and therefore fall prey to this country’s failed war on drugs. Where is the “Justice for all”? Our penal system and so called “Justice system” is a huge “industry” where there are a lot of people making a lot of money off of our penal industry. The biggest tragedy is that families are destroyed by this system and they are the families who are the most fragile to begin with. The private prison industry in this country speaks volumes as to who is profiting off of this situation at taxpayers expense but the American public as a whole does not appear to care. Our State and Federal facilities are bad but the private prisons are a horror. Google reports on private prisons and the lobbying that has allowed them to continue to expand at taxpayers expense. It will make you sick to your soul.


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