4 Awful Stats About the US Prison System

by | Dec 23, 2019

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

1. Largest Prison Population in the World

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

2. Highest Incarceration Rate

The US also has highest incarceration rateof 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 hasincreased by nearlyfivefold.

4. 39% of Prisoners Should Not Be in Prison

Accordingto an extensive report done by leading criminologists, lawyers, andstatistical researchers, 39% of prisoners (576,000 people) are unfairly heldbehind bars.