"The racial dimension of mass incarceration is its most striking feature.
No other country in the world imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities.
The United States imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid.
In Washington, D.C., our nation's capitol, it is estimated that three out of four young black men (an nearly all those in the poorest neighborhoods) can expect to serve time in prison. Similar rates of incarceration can be found in black communities across America (Alexander, 2012, p. 6-7)."