The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 500 to 700 people incarcerated for every 100,000. Click here or the above image for a larger view.

The rate of incarceration has grown 500% in just 40 years – far surpassing any other country.

These facts have caused many to begin examining the root causes of crime and incarceration by going “up stream” to determine what conditions adversely impact youth causing later trouble with the law.

The info-graphic below from Community Coalition presents some foundational disruptions in the lives of children and youth that seem to correlate to incarceration later in life. Statistics like those shown in the chart below have local community groups targeting the real causes of incarceration at the source. There’s reason for hope, but the changes will take time. Click here or the image below to enlarge.