Criminal Justice System

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United States

  • 5% of world’s population, yet almost 25% of world’s prisoners
  • 2.3 million in prison or jail
  • 5 million on probation or parole
  • 1 in 100 adults (> 18yr) are incarcerated, 1/15 Black, 1/36 Hispanic
  • 1/106 white
  • 8% of the incarcerated are women
  • H25% have some form of mental illness
  • Over $70 billion spent on CJ in 2007

Characteristics of the Incarcerated

  • Reared in a fatherless household
  • Physically or sexually abused as a child or young adult
  • Drugs and alcohol prevalent in the home
  • School drop-out without completing high school
  • No faith development in the home

Drug Epidemic & Community Impact

  • US consumes 66% of world’s illegal drugs
  • 65% of inmates are addicted or abuse drugs
  • Another 20% commit crime while under influence
  • Only 11% of inmates with an addiction receive treatment
  • 2.2 mm children impacted by parent in prison
  • Upwards of 50% will become future prisoners

Texas

  • 1 in 22 adults are in prison, jail or on supervision (parole or probation)
  • TDCJ operating budget for 2012 was just over $3 billion

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