Prisons (CERD Shadow Report, 2008)

The United States has the highest reported incarceration rate in the world. More than 2.3 million people are behind bars in U.S. prisons and jails. As a result of the convergence of racism in the education system, the racially discriminatory impacts of policing and racially disparate exercises of prosecutorial discretion the jail and prison population is disproportionately composed of people of color.