The number of people a nation has in its prisons is a direct reflection of how poorly that nation is being led. Also, the blatant racism revealed by the statistics is shameful. Woe to the nation that imprisons rather than helps and imprisons based upon race or ethnic background.
7Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: 8The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous: 9The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. — Psalm 146:7-9
US leads the world on prisoner numbers
June 8, 2008
THE US has 2.3 million people behind bars, more than any other country and more than ever before in its history, Human Rights Watch says.
The figures show a sharp racial imbalance in the US prison population, with blacks outnumbering whites by six to one. Nearly 11% of black men aged 30-34 are in prison, according to Justice Department figures. Human Rights Watch said blacks were 12 times more likely to be jailed for drug-related crimes than whites, though drug use was about the same in the two races. "Although whites, being more numerous, constitute the large majority of drug users, blacks constitute 54% of all persons entering prisons with a new drug offence conviction," it said.