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 …
refers 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%).
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.