A handful of lawmakers, including Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), have in recent months raised concerns regarding mandatory minimum sentences, drawing attention to a much larger topic: The United States prison system.
Many Americans already know that the current system is very costly and that many are presently living behind bars in the United States.
But did you know that the federal government spends roughly $55 billion every year on its prison system?
Further, according the Paralegal Degree Center, a site dedicated to law education, did you know that there are currently 2.3 million people in federal prison?
If these facts surprise you, the following chart has more where that came from:
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