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Post time 2010-7-17 14:07:43 |Display all floors
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners. Some would call this a police state. I know I certainly would.

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Post time 2010-7-17 14:11:55 |Display all floors
Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing convicts, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to punishment. Americans are locked up for writing bad checks to using crack — that would rarely produce jail sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than convicts in other nations.

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Post time 2010-7-17 14:13:20 |Display all floors
Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialised nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences.

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Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing convicts. Corrupt judges play a role, many of whom are elected, another American anomaly, yield to populist  demands as there is nothing more an American would like to see than a fellow American fry in a  cell, especially if this American happens to be black, Hispanic, or Asian.
Whatever the reason, the gap between American justice and that of the rest of the world is enormous and growing.

It used to be that Europeans came to the United States to study its prison systems. They came away impressed.

"In no country is criminal justice administered with more mildness than in the United States," Alexis de Tocqueville, who toured American penitentiaries in 1831, wrote in "Democracy in America."

No more. Americans are so desperate to put people behind bars that they have come up with TV shows like to catch a predator which sets up sting operations online to lure paedophiles to a house, and arrest people for talking sexual online. These men frequently get prison sentences of 2 years.

"Far from serving as a model for the world, contemporary America is viewed with horror," James Whitman, a specialist in comparative law at Yale, wrote last year in Social Research. "Certainly there are no European governments sending delegations to learn from us about how to manage prisons."

Prison sentences here have become "vastly harsher than in any other country to which the United States would ordinarily be compared," Michael Tonry, a leading authority on crime policy, wrote in "The Handbook of Crime and Punishment."

Indeed, said Vivien Stern, a research fellow at the prison studies center in London, the American incarceration rate has made the United States "a rogue state, a country that has made a decision not to follow what is a normal Western approach."

America is one of the only countries in the world to hand out death sentences to children. America is also known for charging children for crimes as adults so that they can add to their large prison population, and get the kids started young. It is also not surprising for a racist country like America to lock up large numbers of African Americans, and Hispanics. Most Americans believe that since they can no longer legally enslave these people, they might as well throw them in prison.

The spike in American incarceration rates is quite recent. From 1925 to 1975, the rate remained stable, around 110 people in prison per 100,000 people. It shot up with the movement to get tough on crime in the late 1970s. (These numbers exclude people held in jails, as comprehensive information on prisoners held in state and local jails was not collected until relatively recently.)

The nation's relatively high violent crime rate, partly driven by the much easier availability of guns here, and animalistic nature of americans, over zealous cops, and corrupt judges helps explain the number of people in American prisons.

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a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to punishment.  Americans are locked up for writing bad checks to using crack that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than convicts in other nations. The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King's College London. China, which is four times more populous than the United States, is a distant second, with 1.6 million people in prison. You are 6 times more likely to end up in prison in America than you are China. While most Americans are busy proclaiming to be a free country, 2 million of their comrades are locked up behind bars. The strangest part of all this is that the same Americans who claim to be free, are in fact the same ones who are advocating for more cops on the street, while defending cops who brutalise suspects.
San Marino, with a population of about 30,000, is at the end of the long list of 218 countries compiled by the center. It has a single prisoner.
The United States comes in first, too, on a more meaningful list from the prison studies center, the one ranked in order of the incarceration rates. It has 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 in population. (If you count only adults, one in 100 Americans is locked up.)
Criminologists and legal experts here and abroad point to a tangle of factors to explain America's extraordinary incarceration rate: higher levels of violent crime, harsher sentencing laws, a legacy of racial turmoil, a special fervor in combating illegal drugs (perhaps the same kind of drugs that the cia is dealing), the American temperament, and the lack of a social safety net.

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Post time 2010-7-17 14:47:56 |Display all floors
You definitely have a point here, concerning the USA.

But does China include those people who have been send

- to re-education facilities

- to psychiatric clinics, nursing homes ("patients" admitted through police order)

- to unofficial prison facilities (so-called "secret black jails")

- people under "house arrest"

???

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Post time 2010-7-17 17:42:24 |Display all floors
China’s Secret ‘Black Jails’ Hold Sordid Tales of Injustice

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