In today’s microblog, we highlight 4 awful stats about the US prison system.

1. Largest Prison Population in the World

With a prison population of almost 2.3 million people as of 2019, the United States holds the unenviable position of being the world’s prison capital.

2. Highest Incarceration Rate

The US also has highest incarceration rate of any country, at around 698 per 100,000 people.

3. Prison Population has Increased by 500%

Over the last 40 years, the US prison population has increased by nearly fivefold.

4. 39% of Prisoners Should Not Be in Prison

According to an extensive report done by leading criminologists, lawyers, and statistical researchers, 39% of prisoners (576,000 people) are unfairly held behind bars.