Monday, August 15, 2011

Stunning Fact: USA Has 25% of World's Prisoners

The USA has 5% of the world's population but 25% of its prisoners.  Locking up a quarter of the world's prisoners is a costly undertaking, consuming $50 billion per year.

Tight budgets and the high cost of incarceration are forcing some states to look at whom they lock up in an effort to target jail cells at the violent and to use lower-cost options like compulsory treatment for drug offenders; at home detention; and probation with tracking systems.

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