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1. A Graphing Activity on Growing Incarceration Rates (internal link)
Abstract: A 1-day lesson that asks students to answer questions about a Line Graph showing the exponential growth of the US Incarceration rate over the past 50 years. Math involved includes Line Graphs and Rates.
Resource Type: Curriculum

2. Black Voter Disenfranchisement (internal link)
Resource Type: Curriculum

3. Bureau of Justice Statistics (external link)
Abstract: This government site contains both current and historical data about crime, prisons, incarceration, arrests, and much more, on both local and national levels. It includes both datasets, fact sheets, and more detailed reports.
Resource Type: Website

4. Comparing Disparities in Race-Based Incarceration Rates (internal link)
Resource Type: Curriculum

5. Confronting Confinement: A Report of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons (external link)
Abstract: The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons held public hearings and met for over a year. This is there official report which looks at the conditions in confinement (violence, health care, etc)., as well as a lot of data, and recommendations for changes that need to be made.
Resource Type: Article

6. Death Penalty Information Center (external link)
Abstract: This site contains a tremendous amount of information on the Death Penalty in the US, and includes publications, fact sheets, data sets, and links to other useful resources.
Resource Type: Website

7. Incarceration & Crime Rates (internal link)
Abstract: This series of lessons explores the connection between Crime Rates and Incarceration Rates in the U.S. Math involved includes line graphs, slope, writing functions, and rates.
Resource Type: Curriculum

8. Jail, Education, and Opportunities (internal link)
Abstract: This provides an overview of an activity that students can do to learn more about the demographics and trends within the U.S. Prisons System by having them research data from the Department of Corrections and construct tables and graphs to make inferences to predict future data.
Resource Type: Curriculum

9. Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn (internal link)
Abstract: Looking at new scholarly analysis, this article reports that Black men in this country are facing an even more dire situation than is commonly cited by employment and education statistics.
Resource Type: Article

10. Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States (internal link)
Abstract: This article examines the enormous costs of imprisoning drug offenders in the U.S. It also examines how issues of race and class are central in terms of who is being incarcerated. Includes both National and State specific data.
Resource Type: Article

11. Prison Policy Initiative (external link)
Abstract: The Prison Policy Initiative conducts research and advocacy on incarceration policy. Website contains data, graphs, articles, original research and papers about the problems with prisons, incarceration, and disenfranchisement in the US
Resource Type: Website

12. Prison Sucks - Statistics and Data (external link)
Abstract: Prisonsucks.com is a clearinghouse for useful, verifiable statistics about the crime control industry. Includes up-to-date information on the number of people incarcerated by race, gender and age; the economics of the prison industry; treatement of prisoners, mandatory minimums, etc.
Resource Type: Website

13. Prisoners Once Removed (external link)
Abstract: Little research has been done on the impact of incarceration on American family life. In this book, the authors explore this important issue from both physchological and financial perspectives.
Resource Type: Book

14. Private Prisoners: Prisoners in Adult Private Prisons, 1987-2001 (internal link)
Resource Type: Graphs/Charts

15. Racial Disparity between US and Incarcerated Populations (internal link)
Abstract: A graph comparing the percent of the prison population and general population of people of different races in the United States.
Resource Type: Graph

16. Radical Math: Statistics Unit, Part 1 (Student Version) (internal link)
Resource Type: Curriculum

17. Radical Math: Statistics Unit, Part 1 (Teachers Version) (internal link)
Resource Type: Curriculum

18. The National Data Book, 2007 (external link)
Abstract: The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
Resource Type: Data

19. The Weak Effect of Imprisonment on Crime: 1971 - 1998 (internal link)
Abstract: This article studies the impact of increasing incarceration rates on crime rates. It finds that imprisonment rates are not significantly related to crime in the majority of states for the seven crimes studied.
Resource Type: Article

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