Friday, March 29, 2013

US incarceration rates

Did you know that despite having only 5% of the world's population the United States of America has 25% of the world's prison population?  That stunning statistic and more are found on  a summery provided at Infographic: U.S. Incarceration Rates.  This is a radical departure from the past.  The United States' prison population our prison population grew by an amazing 700% from 1970 to 2005, while the general population rose by only 44%.

Speaking of justice issues, despite the huge financial misdoings on Wall Street very few white collar criminals have been imprisoned.  As one commentator noted "Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, he can rob the world."

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