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29 February 2008 @ 10:58 am
Fridays are For Cheery News!  
This is getting picked up everywhere, but allow me to direct your attention to reports that more than one percent of the adult population of the US is in prison. This is, as you may guess, a record, and is an increase not reflective of a similar rise in the crime rate, but of an increase in harsher sentencing (and stricter sentencing requirements). We're beating out China, both by proportion of the population and in raw numbers: in the US, we have 750 prisoners per 100,000 population, or 2.3 million people being held this year, where as China has 119 prisoners per 100,000 population, or 1.5 million people being held.
You can read more about it at BBC news, or download the report here.
 
 
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angry_americanangry_american on February 29th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this. I heard of it a few days ago and wanted to post but have been busy moving.

cheers,

-FW
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ve1la7181 on May 20th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
It sucks now!