America's prison population explode over the course of 34 years in this stunning GIFSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Sun, 08/03/2014 - 20:23
AUGUST 1, 2014
This 45-second GIF might help explain why Republicans like Sen. Mike Lee and Reps. Raul Labrador and Paul Ryan are on board with prison sentencing reform.
Prison populations have soared in recent decades.
Here's a chart detailing the dramatic upswing in federal prison incarceration rates between 1978 and 2011
As the chart below shows, prison populations were relatively stable from the 1920s until the 1970s. The rise in imprisonment that accompanied tough-on-crime rhetoric and the War on Drugs is without precedent in our history.
GIF animation and many charts: http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2551564