Bursting at the seams: Uncompromising pictures from inside America’s overcrowded prison system show the cramped lives lived by more than two million inmates

Prison Reform Movement's Weblog- America: Land of the Free, Home of the Incarcerated

    • Astonishing pictures show American prison system at breaking point with more than 2million citizens behind bars
    • The most overcrowded state, California, has 140,000 inmates when its 33 prisons are only designed to hold 80,000
    • Overcapacity is expected to soar to 45 per cent above its maximum limit by 2018

 

 

These revealing pictures illustrate America’s prison system at breaking point – with overcrowding in the nation’s jails at its highest for eight years.

Overall, the Bureau of Prisons Network is around 39 per cent over ‘rated capacity’ – their highest level since 2004 – with that figure expected to soar to 45 per cent above its limit by 2018.

Inmates are housed in a gymnasium at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two yearsInmates are housed in a gymnasium at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two years

 

An inmate stands in his overcrowded cell at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana, California. The state's prisons are so overcrowded that they are said to provide inadequate mental and health careAn inmate stands in his…

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