Thursday, February 28, 2008

Big numbers in the Big House

The Pew research folks tell us that the US locks up its citizens at a rate greater than any other nation on earth: just over 1%. Black Americans are incarcerated at more than triple the rate of their white brothers and sisters. And we are #6 on the list of the number of people we execute; we'll have to work a bit harder if we want to beat China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, and the Sudan (I don't think they count the people we actually kill in those countries).

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