Which country would you say has the highest prison population in the world?
China? Russia? Iran?
It’s the United States.
Nearly half of all prisoners in the world are in American jails. That’s over 2 million people.
Though good guesses, China has only 1.5 million prisoners, Russia has under a million, and Iran does not even rank, according to the International Center for Prison Studies’ World Prison Population List (8th edition).
Why are so many Americans in prison? Al Jazeera examines our ‘lock ’em up and throw away the key‘ approach to crime and punishment.
What do you think of America’s prison situation?