The United States has 6-12 more people in prison per capita than Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, France and the U.K.
The United States has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's incarcerated. It also has 50% of the world's lawyers.
The United States has absurd and inequitable sentences that respond to the emotional "crime du jour," which creates political platforms.
From 1984 to 1998 the incarceration rate for the nation as a whole went up by 61%, yet the overall crime rate went up by 16%, with violent crime increasing by 34%.
What do you think of this?