- China has 119
- Iran has 222
- Russia has 628
- France has 91
- Britain has 147
- Iraq has 54 (2006 figure)
The United States of America tops them all with a mighty 751.
What do these figures mean?
They are prison population rates per 100,000 of national populations.
2.3 million American adults were in prison at the start of 2008: 1 out of every 100 Americans.
As if that is not bad enough, it gets worse:
“While one in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, for black males in that age group the figure is one in nine.” 
This is a society supposedly leading the free world, yet far less of its populace are free than nations it roundly condemns for repression and human rights abuses.
Where, one has to ask, is the reasoning?
Could it, perhaps, have something to do with the fear? Americans live in fear. They arm themselves against their neighbors; they form themselves into cliques and sects for protection. The slightest suggestion of taking away their guns sends them spinning into virulent frenzy.
Anyone who threatens the social structure must be locked away; sentences way out of proportion to the crimes. No-one seriously considers rehabilitation, or improving the lives of the lower classes who often are forced into crime because drugs are their only way to a less stressful, if very temporary, existence.
Incarceration is big business in America. The corporates control, and make their profits from this trade in human misery. They are as happy with high prison populations as is Exxon-Mobil with record oil prices.
Shame on you, America.
Yet again you’ve exposed yourself as a pariah of the world.
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