Aw, damn, I can’t fool you guys, can I? Ding-ding-ding, the winner is us!
The Atlantic — The U.S. incarceration rate has more than quadrupled since 1980. It’s now the highest in the world, just ahead of Russia and Rwanda. It is estimated that approximately 2.3 million Americans are now behind bars. This is about one-fourth of all the incarcerated people on Earth, though the U.S. represents only one-twentieth of the world’s population. When the figures for those under probation and parole are added, about 1 in 18 U.S. men is under some form of monitoring or control. The figure for blacks is 1 in 11.
Why the insane incarceration rates in the home of the free? Mandatory sentencing and the War on Some Drugs. The good news for the prison industry is even when inmates are released, we’ve made sure their lives are ruined forever. Which helps insure a constantly recycling supply of repeat offenders.