One Third of the World's Prison Population
Two Thirds of the World's Rapists
Only OneTwentieth of the World's Population
U.S. jail population hits record 6.5 million
August 26, 2001 Posted: 11:26 AM EDT (1526 GMT)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S.
The department's Bureau of Justice
The total number of adults under
The report said 3.1 percent of adults in the United States are part of the
The 2 percent increase in 2000 was below the annual rise of 4 percent averaged
At the end of last year, women made up 22 percent of those on probation, and
Some 66 percent of the people on probation and half of those on parole were white, while the comparative numbers for blacks were a third and 40 percent.
The states with the largest percent of their adult population under correctional
The US divorce rate increased 50 fold in one century.
At current growth rates, there will be two million American men in jails and prisons by 2001, compared to only 50,000 Japanese in Japanese prisons--an incarceration rate 18 times higher than Japan.
The US has 782,628 more jail and prison inmates than Russia, more than any other country in the world.
Only Russia has a higher incarceration rate, but the rate in many countries is less than 1/10th that of the US, and the current growth rate of the US rate will put it ahead of Russia within a few years.
The US has a murder rate 5 times higher, a rape rate 20 times higher,and 18 times as many citizens per capita in prisons and jails, than Japan.
Countries with higher incarceration rates also have higher murder rates, suggesting that both high crime rates and high incarceration rates result from some factor other than being "easy on crime". In other words, while politicians have been very vocal about "fighting crime" to justify the quintupling of the incarceration rate, crime continued to increase while the REAL problem was ignored.
The international data shows that each 40 additional prison inmates per 100,000 population parallels an increase in the murder rate of one per 100,000 population.
Between 1985-1995, the incarceration rates of many countries decreased at the same time that the rate in the US almost doubled.
Better education is more effective at reducing crime than large prison populations--the international data shows that each 2 1/2 TIMSS math point increase in scores parallels a reduction in prison populations by one inmate per 100,000 population.