We’re #1 …

… when it comes to imprisoning people. More than 1% of Americans are in jail. The US has 4.25% of the world’s population and but 25% of all prisoners.

Even I was surprised at some of the statistics about the use of cheap prison labor in the US. According to Stephen Fry, American prisons produce “100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet proof vests, ID tags and other items of uniforms, 93% of domestically used paints, 36% of home appliances, 21% of office furniture, which allows the United States to compete with factories in Mexico… You get solitary confinement if you refuse to work!”

(Via Boing Boing.)


  1. Manik says

    America seems to have a higher percentage of prisoners vis-a-vis the population by far. However, the data of what what these prisoners produce, as per Stephen Fry, is wrong. I researched these figures because at first reading they seemed to be at least highly exaggerated. Having said that, the prison system in the US leaves much to be desired. It’s amazing the many ways in which the US gets away with casting the first stone, while living in a glass house. It’s a manifestation of the sickening Sycophancy of the developed nations.

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