OMNIA Magazine: Fall/Winter 2015

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THE CONTINUED LONG-TERM C A Multi-Faculty Perspective Over the past 40 years, the U.S. has come to account for a disproportionate amount of the international prison population: Though Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world’s people, they account for almost 25 percent of the incarcerated. Pressure for reform mounts, supported by prominent political figures from both sides of the aisle and influential thought leaders, including Pope Francis, who met with inmates at a Philadelphia prison during his September trip to the States, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who used an October visit to a California prison to issue a call to action on the social media platform that reaches nearly 1.5 billion active users monthly. Here, experts from a range of fields share their thoughts on this hot-button issue that is becoming more and more a part of the public discourse.

Located at Eastern State Penitentiary, “The Big Graph” was introduced to encourage a public dialogue around issues of the criminal justice system. This portion demonstrates the U.S. incarceration rates compared to other nations. < Courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site