Almost 1 in 100 jailed in US

Here are a few quotes and visuals to help us see what the United States’ almost 1% incarceration rate looks like – a phenomenon the ACLU condemnsin its new report Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration.

The imprisonment of human beings at record levels is both a moral failure and an economic one …

US incarceration rates 5 times world averagerefers to the reality that 750 people out of each 100,000 residents in the United States are being jailed. In mathematic terms, that equates to .0075% of our population (3/4 of a percentage point) meaning that it comes way too close to being 1% of our population (1 person out of every 100).

@lawforchange says the United States incarceration rate is 5 times the world average. Although Americans are taught to think of Russia as a politically oppressive country, it lags behind us in 2nd place, jailing only 660 of their people per 100,000 (.0066%).

Incarceration rate US
How incarceration looks in US

By the way, Blacks and Latinos represent 60% of US inmates, or about 2/3 of the total prison population. And 91% of those prisoners are men.

Incarceration rates around world graph.jpg
Incarceration rates around world graph.jpg
Incarceration rates around the world
Incarceration rates around the world

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