Quick Facts

Families Against Mandatory Minimums, 2014

Since Congress created mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes in the 1980s, the federal prison population has grown from 24,000 prisoners to over 218,000 prisoners – the largest prison system in the country.

The United States has more people behind bars – 2.3 million – than any other country in the world.

One in every 100 Americans is in prison or jail.

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