Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fact of the Day: American Injustice

While crime is down in recent decades in America, the United States leads the world in incarceration rates. About 700 individuals per 100k people are behind bars in America, which is much higher than even countries like China and Russia. Japan is one of the lowest with about 50 folks per 100k people in prison.

13 comments:

  1. That is just so wrong.
    Another thing I'd like to know is how long it's been like this. Is it a trend in the past 20 years or has it always been like this. We just seem to be unraveling.

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  2. I wonder how much of that has to do with so-called 'crimes' that won't even be relevant in the next 10 years, such as marijuana related things? (My cousin spent 7 years in prison for having an ounce of weed in 1999, which is now perfectly legal today)

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  3. Yep, rather sad. But criminals are big business too. Some stat said the US had 5% of the worlds population and 80% of the inmates, not sure how true it is.

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  4. The American Justice system needs a huge overhaul. It's already been proven several times that there are innocent people sitting in prison for years. Some prisons are privatized and they make a lot of money so they don't care if you are innocent or not they just want more bodies in there to make the money off of.

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  5. That's far too many people in prison. We need programs for people jailed for drug-related crimes. Incarceration doesn't help.

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  6. This is quite interesting and would like to know what the crimes are for. Like many other things in the states, maybe this needs an overhaul. The picture you show makes me wonder why the man in the middle is not in prison garb or in police uniform.

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  7. Seems like others beat me to the punch, but I totally agree that prisons are big business. We definitely need to overhaul the whole damn system.

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