The 1990s may be remembered as the United States' most punitive decade. Today, one in every 130 people is living behind bars. The prison population has doubled since 1990. And while the U.S. has 5 percent of the world's population, it now has 25 percent of its prisoners. On February 15, the nation reached a dubious milestone: For the first time, its prisoner population topped 2 million. That's an estimate documented in a... More >>>