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Incarceration Nation

This is getting a lot of press right now:

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world and for the first time in the nation’s history, more than one in every 100 American adults is confined in a prison or jail, according to a report released on Thursday.
The report by the Pew Center on the States said the American penal system held more than 2.3 million adults at the start of the year.

Of course, the primary reason, downplayed in most of the press coverage, is the drug war.
This is a good time to remind folks graphically of what we’re doing:
The United States has 5% of the world’s population…

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… but 25% of the world’s prison population.

We dramatically lead the entire world in incarceration rates.

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Spread the word.

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[Thanks, Scott]

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