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US Incarceration Rates vs Other Countries in the World

No dictatorship compares to the incarceration rate, per capita, with the US - Land of the "Free" is truly an oxymoron...

Excerpt "...Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 (128th Edition), No. HS-24, “Federal and State Prisoners by Jurisdiction and Sex: 1925 to 2001”; Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Prisoners” and “Prison and Jail Inmates at Mid-year,” various issues in series.

This growth becomes more dramatic when the U.S. incarceration rate is compared to that of other nations.

The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, and almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. It is number one with the proverbial bullet when it comes to locking up its own people. No thug dictator, no psychopathic madman, anywhere in the world can touch the United States in this department.5

The figures for the United States are based on the jail and prison population totaling 2,293,157 in 2007. This doesn’t even include the 119,955 reported detainees held in territorial prisons, jails in Indian country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities, military prisons, and juvenile detention centers.6

Chart 4. World incarceration rates per 100,000 population, select countries [go to link below to view chart]

Source: Roy Walmsley, International Centre for Prison Studies, “World Prison Population List (8th edition),” January 2009...."

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