America's mass incarceration problem in 5 charts – or, why Sessions shouldn't bring back mandatory minimums
Senator Jeff Sessions speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

By Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor, University of California, Merced. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing for stricter sentencing in criminal cases. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II Today, the United States is a world leader in incarceration, but this has not always been the case. For most of the 20th century, the U.S. incarcerated about 100 people per 100,000…