The United States (U.S.) has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world, at 707 people per 100,000 population, almost 5 times that of the second-place United Kingdom. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. With 2.3 million prisoners in the American system, issues of overcrowding, recidivism, rising healthcare costs for geriatric prisoners, and the growing overall costs of corrections have led state leaders to focus on the causes and consequences of the nation’s prison policies and potential solutions.
The Criminal & Social Justice System articles:
U.S. Prison Statistics:
• The highest per capita incarceration rate in the world, at 707 people per 100,000 population
• 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners
• 2.3 million prisoners in the U.S. system
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