11 Stunning Facts About American Prison System

Article/SLideShow I picked up Yesterday ont he Business Insider website

by Robert Johnson

The U.S. has a greater percentage of its population locked up than any other country in the world.

Despite budget cuts and tax shortfalls housing inmates costs the country almost $600 billion a year.

Despite the rising incarceration rates over the last decade, crime is actually down.

High inmate populations are blamed on mandatory sentencing and over-zealous drug laws

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/11-facts-about-prisons-2011-7?op=1#ixzz2GpicLa00

In 2009 there were 7.2 million people in prison and under official supervision like probation -- a larger population than the state of Washington

LMAO @ this rape face

Between 1987 and 2007 the national prison population tripled



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