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At the end of 2009, over 7 million people in the US were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole.
http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=11

The November Coalition
http://www.november.org/

The Flourishing Private Prison Industry
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/06/matt-stoller-who-wants-keep-the-w......

ACLU Infographic
http://www.infographicsshowcase.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/massincar......

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/world/americas/23iht-23prison.12253738......

Incarcerations Rates By Country
http://www.webcitation.org/5xRCN8YmR

Since 1970, the prison population has increased by 700%!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/02/15/302239/-Pew-Research:-700-Growt......

CCA gave $106,614 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its political action committee - 15% to Democrats and 85% to Republicans. I can't find this stat, but here are there contributions for 2010: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9OTkxMzB8Q2hpb......

CCA spent well over $2 million for lobbying in 2007.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrections_Corporation_of_America

CCA was also a major financial backer of the 2009 anti-immigration law in Arizona and according to internal documents CCA believes that imprisoning illegal immigrants will bring in "a significant portion of our revenues." http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2010/12/cca-private-prisons-an......

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