The US has the highest rate of imprisonment in the world, with 743 people incarcerated for every 100,000 Americans. No other nation even comes close to these figures.
- From: Buster Norris - American Patriot <buster@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:59:51 -0600
It is the length of sentences that truly distinguishes US prison policy.
Some prisoners are locked up for life - literally - and many receive
harsh sentences for non-violent crime.
These long sentences are leading to an ageing prison population - with
eight per cent of prisoners now over the age of 55. This, in turn, is
increasing the burden of providing healthcare and geriatric services.
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