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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 

USA Has Highest Incarceration Rate in the World

Since we have been on the topic of human rights in China, I want to agree that there is much the Chinese need to do. However, there are a few things that the Americans could be working on as well:
Incarcerations per 100,000 population (sample):

1014____Texas (in 1999) (governor George W. Bush)
1013____Louisiana (2001(
715_____United States of America (2001)
584_____Russian Federation
402_____South Africa
189_____Hong Kong (China)
178_____Czech Republic
177_____Greenland (Denmark)
161_____New Zealand
158_____El Salvador
142_____United Kingdom: England & Wales
125_____Republic of (South) Korea

-In the USA, Blacks and Hispanics make up 62 percent of the incarcerated population, though comprising only 25 percent of the national population;

-Between ten and fifteen percent of black men are incarcerated in twelve states (Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming);

-Black women are incarcerated at rates between ten and thirty-five times greater than the rates of white women in fifteen states (Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming); and

-Hispanic youth are incarcerated at rates seven to seventeen times greater than those of whites in Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, while the incarceration rate for black youth is between twelve and twenty-five times greater than those of whites in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Massachusetts, Montana, and New Jersey.

Incarceration rates website

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We wait to hear Prime Minister Stephen Harper speak out against human rights violations in the USA.

Bravo for posting this. Last best estimate was 1 out of every 112 US citizens are currently incarcerated.

Now I'm not saying let's let dangerous people run amok but I would think that if logic dictated we would have to look at at least two things:

1. Are our laws realistic or are we incarcerating people for nonsensical reasons?

2. IF our laws are fair & realistic, what sort of dysfunctional social structure have we created that causes so many individuals to not be capable of "fitting into" our society?

I've been asking these questions for over 20 years, yeah, I'm crazy.

Thanks mama. I have received a couple of abusive posts from right wingers that I am not going to post.

Right wingers consistently believe that if you are poor, it is ALWAYS the fault of the poor person. They do not comprehend racial discrepancies or cultural deprivations.

I really hate the right wing mindset.

To be fair, North Korea could be higher had we any data.

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