I was a big System of a Down fan in my youth. I happened to be listening to Prison Song today where the lead singer rattles off some stats about incarceration in the US. It got me to thinking, that song came out almost 13 years ago, I wonder what those figures look like today?
Nearly 2 Million Americans are incarcerated in the prison system of the US
Well a quick Wikipedia search shows the Land of the Free, has gone well beyond 2 million inmates. As of 2011, 2,266,800 adults are incarcerated. That’s 0.7% of the population. In 2000, the jailed population was 1,937,482. So the percentage of incarcerated Americans has increased as well by 0.1%. As you can see below, the US far outpaces the the rest of the world when it comes to locking up its citizens.
The Percentage of Americans in the prison system has doubled since 1985
There were 744,208 inmates in 1985. That’s 0.3% of the population. So obviously that has more than doubled.
Keep up the good work Pigs!
But don’t worry, it’s all been worth it! Why just yesterday, the heroes in the Coast Guard stole a “historic” amount of cocaine from some Dominicans who were trying to supply their US customers. I’m sure we’ve turned a corner and the War on Drugs is just about won. Then finally, we can reduce our prison population and all live wonderfully sober lives (except for when we’re drunk at football games).