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17 de abril de 2017, los USA, el país de los libres y bravos.

miércoles 17 abril 2019

 The United States now imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation in the world, both per capita and in absolute terms. The numbers are staggering. The United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet nearly 25 percent of all prisoners in the world are on American soil. “Simply put, we have become a nation of jailers,”. “The American prison system has grown into a leviathan unmatched in human history.” At the end of 2008 the United States was incarcerating more than 2.2 million of its citizens in federal and state prisons and local jails around the nation. In July 2010, the number was “between 2.3 and 2.4 million.” The nation with the next-largest prison population, China, has 1.6 million people in prison—which means that the United States, a nation of 300 million, imprisons 700,000 more of its citizens than a country whose population is 1.3 billion. And that number is continuing to increase. “If you put them all together in one place, the incarcerated population of the United States in just five years will outnumber the residents of Atlanta, Baltimore and Denver combined.”

The United States also has the highest rate of imprisonment of any nation in the world, with 756 people in prison per 100,000 citizens. The next-highest rates belong to Russia (629) and Rwanda (604). The rates in most of the world are far lower. The median imprisonment rate for South American countries is 154; for western Europe, 95; and for western African countries, 35.






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