The United States continues to lead the world in incarceration. More than five million people were under some form of correctional control in 2020 (the last year available) with nearly two million in prison or jail. Nationwide, an estimated 70-100 million persons have a criminal record, including at least 19 million persons living with a felony conviction.
Formerly incarcerated activists, lawmakers, and advocates achieved important changes in criminal justice policy in 2022 to challenge extreme sentencing, expand voting rights and advance youth justice. A briefing paper written by Nicole D. Porter for the The Sentencing Project highlights top trends in criminal justice reform in 2022.
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