Prison Stats Wrong

Hmmm, while I’m all in favor of not being the worst offender for incarcerating our people, I don’t know that the fact that N. Korea incarcerates more is any cause of celebration. That’s a pretty low bar.

The Catholic Eye

For years now, there are statistics being promoted by those who believe the United States incarcerates more people per 100,000 than any other country in the world, and, consequently, the U.S. should reduce its prison population.

However, the statistics are wrong, as this story from the San Francisco Chroniclenotes.

An excerpt.

During his speech to the American Bar Association Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the following about the U.S. incarceration rate:

Even though this country comprises just 5 percent of the world’s population, we incarcerate almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

I wondered, if this factoid, which was repeated in newspapers and cable television repeatedly, is factual. So I did some checking around and the answer is: Not really.

The statistic comes from a report from the International Centre on Prison Studies. I emailed the group to ask if The Centre agreed with the statement that the…

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