And it Just Keeps Rising

The graph above illustrates the the number of incarcerated American over the timespan of 1920 through 2006. As pointed out in graph, there was a huge spike in the number of incarcerated Americans with the creation of for-profit prisons with the CCA in 1984. This huge increase also coincided with President Ronald Reagan’s war on drugs in the early 1908s. Between 1984 and 2006 there was approximately a 400% increase in the number of prisoners.