2.3m people are incarcerated in the US today, and while only 5% of the world’s population lives here, 22% of the world’s prisoners are held in the US.
Of the 631,000 people held in US jails, 470,000 have not been convicted of a crime.

Most simply cannot afford bail.
While 13% of the US population is Black, 40% of people incarcerated are Black.
A Black man in the United States is 6x more likely to go to jail than a white man. And the chances that a low income Black man in the US will be jailed in his lifetime is 52%.

What role might the built environment play
in combating these inequities?

The Restorative
Justice Project

Designers as agents of change.

An Infrastructure for Restorative Justice is a framework for designers of the built environment to promote equity, end mass incarceration, and begin healing in communities that have been disproportionately affected by the carceral system.