superbrose writes: "According to the Baltimore Sun
In contrast, in China there are 1.5 million prisoners and in Russia a mere 890,000."For the first time in U.S. history, more than one in every 100 adults are in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America's rank as the world's No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars.
Using state-by-state data, the report says 2,319,258 Americans were in jail or prison at the start of 2008 — one in 99.1 adults. Whether per capita or in raw numbers, it's more than any other nation.