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Saturday, March 24, 2012

There Are Now More Americans In Jail Than There Were In Stalin's Gulag Archipelago

Welcome to Police State USA.
There are now more Americans in jail -- 6 million -- than there were in Stalin's Gulag, reports Fareed Zakaria, in a column called "Incarceration Nation." And it's not just a relative population thing. The U.S. has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. How does that compare to other countries? It's 7X-10X as high: Japan has 63 per 100,000, Germany has 90 per 100,000 France has 96 per 100,000 South Korea has 97 per 100,000 ­Britain has 153 per 100,000 And it's also a relatively new phenomenon: In 1980, the U.S. only had 150 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. What's to blame? The "War on Drugs."
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Business Insider