There Are Now More Americans In Jail Than There Were In Stalinís Gulag Archipelago

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 16:49

(Before It's News)

Josef Stalin, he would have been proud.

There are now more Americans in jail ó 6 million ó than there were in Stalinís Gulag, reports Fareed Zakaria, in a column called ďIncarceration Nation.Ē And itís not just a relative population thing, The U.S. has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens.

How does that compare to other countries?

Itís 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 itís also a relatively new phenomenon: In 1980, the U.S. only had 150 prisoners per 100,000 citizens.

Whatís to blame?