Currently the U.S. has 4.4% of the global population, but holds 25% of the world's prisoners. Often people are locked up for non-violent offences, with disproportionally long sentences in a system racially biased against black people. Upcoming Netflix documentary 13th explores how imprisonment has become a form of slavery ever since slavery was formally abolished in 1865, showing how successive governments have encouraged mass criminalisation to the point where millions are behind bars:
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