There is much to be said about today's prison system in the United States. Whether you think it's an effective system or a system in need of a complete overhaul.

We will let the facts speak for themselves. An estimated 6.9 million people are currently under the supervision of adult correctional systems.

If current trends continue one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime.

About $70 billion are spent on corrections yearly prisons and jails consume a growing portion of the nearly $200 billion we spend annually on public safety. And prison is a growing industry.

Between 1990 and 2010 the number of privately operated prisons in the US increased by 1600%.