Slammer Search has just produced a new infographic that shows the United States has more of its population behind bars than any other country in the world. You would probably think a country like China or Russia would have more of its citizens incarcerated but the country that claims to be the freest imprisons over 700 out of every 100,000 people.
Even more contradictory to popular belief, at least in the USA, the United States of America is home to just 5% of the World’s population, yet holds 25% of the world’s prisoners. The grip of authoritarian control also extends beyond the prison cell in the home of the free.
One in every 31 adults in the United States, or 3.2% of the population, is under one form of correctional control or another. This figure combines the number of people in jail with those on parole or probation supervision. By far the crime that is filling up our prisons is drug offences with 50.1% of the current inmate population or 98,554 inmates doing time for being involved with illegal drugs.
Adding the Federal prison population to these figures shows that more than 1% of American adults are now behind bars. That is 1 in every 100 American adults under incarceration. The infographic shows a graph of when this trend began in the mid 1970s.
In 1975, the federal prison system held around 200,000 inmates. By around 2009 when the trend recently peaked, that figure had risen to over 1,600,000. In both state and federal prisons, the total number of incarcerated Americans has reached 2.4 million. Since 1980, when it was roughly 500,000, the number of inmates has quadruple.
See the infographic for these and other disturbing statistics on the cost of this correctional folly. Can we really continue to call America the land of the free with such a relatively high percentage of our population under authoritarian control?
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