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Published on Feb 20, 2013
There are more prisoners in the United States than any other nation in the world. The country makes up five percent of the world population, but accounts for 25 percent of its prison population. And over the last three decades the number held in US federal prisons has jumped by nearly 80 percent. So, what is the impact of the high incarceration rate on the penal system and on poor communities? To discuss this, Inside Story Americas with presenter Shihab Rattansi is joined by guests: David Fathi, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project; Matthew Mangino, a former district attorney in Pennsylvania; and Marc Mauer, the executive director of The Sentencing Project, and author of the book Race to Incarcerate.