That’s a given.
More population = more people = more people in prison.
What you should look at is the percentage of people in jail and compare it with other countries.
Well then China would have the world’s largest prision population. But it doesn’t.
The US has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. This should be common knowledge by now.
70% of the US prison population is People of Color, that’s as much as all of China’s prisons.
The United States not only has the worlds largest prison population, but we have the worlds largest per capita prison population at well over 700 of ever 100,000 people incarcerated.
China has 1 billion more people than the US, yet still imprisons about 1 million fewer people than the US.
So yeah, really, land of the free, home of the largest prison population by any way you want to measure it. But five-year-olds still have the right to shoot their two-year-old sisters! Freedom!!11
Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and still call yourself ‘pro-life.’
John Fugelsang (via pregnat420)
A study released Thursday at the Brookings Institution by a group of economists found that income inequality hasn’t just widened in recent decades but the gap appears to be permanent.
The economists, including two from the Federal Reserve Board, tracked the annual tax returns of 34,000 households from 1987 through 2009 and found a rise in “permanent inequality,” or high-earning Americans becoming better off while lower-wage workers became worse off. They found that income inequality is long-lasting and the gap isn’t just the result of short-term unemployment or other temporary issues among lower-wage earners.
So the entire idea - the entire concept the right wing is building their platform on - that poor Americans are just lazy and entitled and need to work harder - it’s completely untrue. This is why cutting programs for the poor while sustaining tax cuts for the wealthy (AKA the fiscal cliff and the sequester) is so abhorrent. There’s only the most infinitesimal chance that you will end up a self-made millionaire if you’re born poor.
Unless you’re ready to defend the idea that every single poor person in America just doesn’t want to work hard, supporting cutting aid in the name of “well it’s better for them because it gives them an incentive to work harder” is absolutely nonsensical.
…the United States has more children living in poverty, by a long shot, than any other industrialized nation. Right now about one in four children are living in poverty. In most other industrialized nations we’re talking about well under 10 percent, because there’s so many more supports for housing, healthcare, employment, and so on. With that very high poverty rate, our average scores on international tests look a little above the average in reading, about at the average in science and somewhat below the average in math, and a lot has been made out of that in the United States. But in fact, students in American schools where fewer than 10 percent of the students live in poverty actually are number one in the world in reading. Students in schools with up to 25 percent of kids living in poverty would rank number three in the world in reading, and even schools with as many as 50 percent of kids in poverty scored well above the averages in the OECD nations – which is mostly the European and some Asian nations. Our teachers are doing something very right in terms of educating kids to high levels in much more challenging circumstances than children face in other countries. The place where we really see the negative affects are in the growing number of schools with concentrated poverty, where more than 75 percent of children are poor. And there — the children in those schools score at levels that are near those of developing countries, with all the challenges that they face.
And this is also by our absurdly low poverty line, which is $21,500 for a family of four.