Despite a year-over-year decline in the overall inmate population, U.S. prisons remain packed. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the prison systems of 18 states were operating at above maximum capacity at the end of 2014.
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While some studies have found that kids are smoking more weed, a recent study claims the opposite: The rates are declining among young people despite greater availability of the drug.
Democracy Now! speaks with Kevin Moore, the Baltimore resident who filmed the arrest of Freddie Gray, who later died after being transported in a police van.
Loved ones, especially women, forced to endure debt, poverty, and trauma as result of having a loved one locked up. Nearly one out of five families were not able to afford housing as a direct result of the loss of income due to their relative’s incarceration.
A lot of universities with billion-dollar endowments leave their poorest students with heavy debt loads. More than a quarter of the nation’s 60 wealthiest universities leave low-income students owing an average of more than $20,000 in federal loans.
In a science survey, 78 percent of Americans were able to correctly identify a comet. But, just 34 percent knew water boils at a lower temperature at higher altitudes.