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October 2, 2009

US remains a world leader in incarceration rate

Thanks to this post at Grits for Breakfast, I see that Kings College in London now has available here its latest, greatest "World Prison Population List."  As the list details, the United States, which President Lincoln called a nation "conceived in liberty," remains a world leader in incarceration rate (and by quite a large margin):

The United States has the highest prison population rate in the world, 756 per 100,000 of the national population, followed by Russia (629), Rwanda (604), St Kitts & Nevis (588), Cuba (c.531), U.S. Virgin Is. (512), British Virgin Is. (488), Palau (478), Belarus (468), Belize (455), Bahamas (422), Georgia (415), American Samoa (410), Grenada (408) and Anguilla (401).

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Despite poverty, Islamic nations maintain low crime rates, via a variety of corporal punishments. Wasn't the warehousing of prisoners in penitentiaries invented by Quakers, as an alternative to effective corporal punishments in place in the US as well?

Welfare promoted bastardy and crime summarized:

http://www.cato.org/testimony/ct-wc67.html

Thank the feminist lawyer for establishing a matriarchy in the poor, after destroying their families. Then the lawyer generates lawyer jobs when the offspring become criminals. Why does the lawyer want to destroy the family? It competes for authority with central government. Furthermore, it calls corporal punishment, "child abuse." This happens to be the discipline method favored by black folks with their Southern culture, even when living in the North. Try to discipline a child, and child welfare workers come to the house with lawyer enacted powers to pretextually take the child and to impose harsh conditions on its return.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 2, 2009 6:37:14 AM

WE'RE NUMBER 1! YEAH!

Posted by: Res ipsa | Oct 2, 2009 10:18:34 AM

Hey, wait a minute...Iran and China are cheating. They execute people for everything!

Posted by: Res ipsa | Oct 2, 2009 10:20:03 AM

Thank the feminist lawyer for
establishing a matriarchy in the poor,
after destroying their families.
Then the lawyer generates lawyer jobs
when the offspring become criminals.
Why does the lawyer want to destroy the family?
It competes
for authority with central government. Furthermore,
it calls corporal punishment,
"child abuse."
This happens to be the discipline method
favored by black folks
with their Southern culture, even
when living in the North. Try to discipline a child,
and child welfare workers come to the house
with lawyer enacted powers
to pretextually take the child
and to impose harsh conditions
on its return.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus the Poet | Oct 2, 2009 1:28:52 PM

Perhaps those wanting to engage in crime and thereby take the supposedly excessive risk of imprisonment in this country could do both themselves and the rest of us a favor by moving to one of these more "compassionate" nations.

Bon voyage, guys.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 2, 2009 2:37:16 PM

Good point Bill Otis. England sent some of its bad people off to places like Georgia and Australia. Gitmo is not big enough. We need an outlet for the willing and the not so willing. Right now all we have is Vegas and that only helps out for the people who chose to think if sex play as just that.

Posted by: mpb | Oct 3, 2009 3:32:45 AM

mpb --

"England sent some of its bad people off to places like Georgia and Australia."

If that's supposed to show that England had a nasty system of punishment, you might want to try again. I'm trying to get to Australia myself, but the air fare is steep and so are the hotels. Must not be that bad a place.

"Gitmo is not big enough."

Not that it makes a difference, since Gitmo is closing. Oh, wait, it's NOT closing. Oooooops, I just heard that it IS closing after all -- except maybe not. It would seem that Nancy Pelosi and her big Democratic majority in the House voted to disallow bringing our Gitmo friends to the mainland United States. This leaves a problem for Dear Leader, who campaigned on a righteous promise to close it, and now finds that housing terrorists on American soil isn't all that popular, even (or especially) with his own constituencies! Imagine that! The Left wakes up to the fact that we might need to do something with bomb-happy al Qaeda enthusiasts other than read them their Miranda rights and give them bigger TV's in their cells.

"We need an outlet for the willing and the not so willing."

Well, we'd be better off with fewer criminals on the street and less crime, wouldn't you think? And if they're "not so willing" to stand down from their next rape or carjacking or burglary or whatever they'd like to be up to, I guess they created their own problem.


Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 3, 2009 8:24:12 AM

We need to decriminalize drugs in the United States. There are currently 2.4 million people in jail. We should cut this number down to 1.5 million. There are too many people in jail and too many of them are minorities. This country would save 40 billion to 1 trillion per year. This money could be invested and not wasted. What are we doing in 2010? It makes no sense!

Posted by: Jim | May 30, 2010 8:24:21 PM

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