Million Dollar Blocks

[CAF Note: Like Curtis Mayfield sang, “It’s like one way in and no way out.”]

By Spatial Information Design Labs

The United States currently has more than 2 million people locked up in jails and prisons. A disproportionate number of them come from a very few neighborhoods in the country’s biggest cities. In many places the concentration is so dense that states are spending in excess of a million dollars a year to incarcerate the residents of single city blocks. When these people are released and reenter their communities, roughly forty percent do not stay more than three years before they are reincarcerated.

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