Approximately 2.2 million adults – that’s one out of every hundred people – in America are currently living behind bars. That’s far and away higher than the next highest country – Cuba – by both sheer number and per capita.
The Prison Policy Initiative took a look at how individual states would line up if they were treated like actual countries. And the results were very disheartening – 36 states have a higher incarceration rate than every other country in the world.
This is a startling image of where our country stands in the world, and it leads to several very important questions: Does the United States have a crime problem? A prison problem that costs too much money? No problem at all?