Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States

Source: Melissa S. Kearney, Benjamin H. Harris, Hamilton Project, May 2014

This Hamilton Project policy memo provides ten economic facts highlighting recent trends in crime and incarceration in the United States. Specifically, it explores the characteristics of criminal offenders and victims; the historically unprecedented level of incarceration in the United States; and evidence on both the fiscal and social implications of current policy on taxpayers and those imprisoned.