The prison population in 1972 was 200,000, almost 2 million less than it is today.

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Information from https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/incarceration-rates-by-country/#dataTable

“The United States is the world leader in incarceration, despite the nationwide incarceration rate being at its lowest in 20 years, with about 25% of the world’s prison population being in the US. The United States currently has over 2.1 million total prisoners.

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The prison population in 1972 was 200,000, almost 2 million less than it is today.

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.Mass incarceration in the United States is a civil rights issue, as many argue that incarceration dehumanizes poor people and minorities, does not increase public safety, and damages already marginalized communities. 

Around the world, many countries have jail occupancy rates over 100%. Kenya’s jail occupancy level is currently 284%.”

Country   …………..Total………….Prisoners

……………….Number………..Per……..Occupancy

……………….Prisoners…...100,0000……Level

United States                 2,193,798                 737               107.60%   
Russia                                  874,161                 615                 79.50%
Ukraine                               162,602                 350              101.30%
South Africa                      158,501                  334              138.60%
Poland                                  89,546                   235             124.40%
Mexico                                214,450                  196              133.90%
Brazil                                   371,482                  193              150.90%
Spain                                      63,991                  144              129.50%
Kenya                                     47,036                  130               284.30%
Netherlands                           21,013                 128                 95.60%
Australia                                 25,790                 125                105.90%
Portugal                                   12,765                 120               103.70%
China                                   1,548,498                 118                   0.00%
Austria.                                       8,766                 105                107.20%
Italy                                           61,721                 104                 131.50%
Germany                                 77,166                    94                    96.50%
Turkey                                     65,458                     91                  77.40%
Belgium                                9,597 91                  110                        60%
France                                      52,009                     85                 109.90%
Switzerland                               6,111                     83                   93.40%
Sweden                                       7,450                    82                  102.70%
Finland                                       3,954                     75                  112.40%
Norway                                       3,048                     66                    92.10%
Japan                                          79,052                    62                  105.90%
Nigeria                                      40,444                     30                   101.50%
India                                        332,112                     30                   139.00%
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My two cents: China has 4 times our population, however we incarcerate more people,. 737 per 100,000 compared to only 118 for China.

India has three times our population, but only incarcerates 332,112 compared to our 2,193,798. 737 per 100,000 to India’s 30.

We incarcerate almost seven times as many people than India, a country of a billion, compared to our three hundred million.

America incarcerates more people of color, impacting minorities and our poor neighborhoods.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Yes and half a million more are homeless. After long term mental health facilities were defunded in the late 90’s and early 2000’s those in need of speciality care (which we have historically failed to provide) ended up in jail or on the streets. Untreated childhood trauma is now directly correlated to a spectrum of social disparities, including criminal behavior. People we imprison need treatment not punishment.

  2. I agree

    Suffering seems to be overlooked

    Out of sight out of mind

    Private prisons for profit another issue

  3. 100% yes.

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