© Josh Sager – October 2013
The United States has the dubious distinction of being the country which imprisons a larger percentage of our population than any other country on earth. Out of every 100,000 Americans, 716 are currently in jail—to put this into perspective, here are imprisonment statistics for several countries that have regularly been demonized for their repressive governments:
The United States is not a small country by any means, thus our high incarceration rates translate to truly staggering numbers of people in jail. According to the most recent estimates, nearly 2.2 million Americans are currently serving time in the federal, state and local prison systems—in addition to those who are serving time, approximately 5.8 million Americans are on probation, on…
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Watch this! Dawn Porter on her documentary on the Constitution and the problems of the American legal system.
With 2.3 million people incarcerated in the US, “80% of people charged cannot afford lawyers. 90-95% plead guilty.” “If 95% of people are pleading guilty, it means only 5% are going to trial.”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqOCJZR9dQY&w=560&h=315%5D