Posted by: Hereandthere40 | May 17, 2012

The United States Has the Most People in Prison

The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world, surpassing China, North Korea and Russia. A study conducted by the Bureau of Justice in 2005 showed that a record 33-year continuous rise in the number of inmates in the United States despite falling crime rates. Below are some jaw-dropping facts about the United States prison population.

  • Consider that for every $1 Americans spend on higher education in the USA, they spend .60 cents on prison facilities.
  • Collectively, the States and Federal government spend about 74 billion a year on corrections, and nearly 800,000 people who work in the industry.
  • Nearly 25 % of the world’s people being incarcerated behind bars are Americans.
  • 1 out of 32 Americans is on probation, parole or in prison.
  • A total 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision in 2009 (about 3.1% of US Adults).
  • Of these, 4,933,667 adults were on probation or parole.
  • According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are over 2,266,800 adults incarcerated in US Federal and States prisons today.
  • 86,927 juveniles were in detention as of 2007.
  • A black male is 7x more likely to be imprisoned than a white male.
  • Prison rape is so endemic that more than 70,00 prisoners are raped each year.

Most of this information was gathered by

American has the most people in Jail.  United States has the most black people in Jail.  Americans have the highest incarceration rate.  


  1. A sad commentary on our society.

  2. Horrific stats! Is under correctional supervision a euphemism for being raped and contracting HIV? I wonder if the system is in place to ensure jobs for the almost 800,000 workers. The US has almost 25% of the world’s prisoners yet about 4% of the world’s population. I wonder why that is.

  3. Wow!

  4. Hi! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award Best Wishes!

  5. rlmayville- making a claim that ‘Idiocracy’ is somehow at all accurate is frankly idiotic.

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