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October 22, 2014
Graphic representation of female prisoners around the world
I just tripped across this interesting piece and infographic published last month via Forbes. The piece is headlined "Nearly A Third Of All Female Prisoners Worldwide Are Incarcerated In The United States," and here is the text that goes along with the infographic:
According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, nearly a third of all female prisoners worldwide are incarcerated in the United States of America. There are 201,200 women in US prisons, representing 8.8 percent of the total American prison population.
China comes a very distant second to the United States with 84,600 female prisoners in total or 5.1% of the overall Chinese prison population. Russia is in third position -- 59,000 of its prisoners are women and this comes to 7.8 percent of the total.
Across the world, 625,000 women and children are being held in penal institutions with the female prison population growing on all five continents.
October 22, 2014 at 10:46 PM | Permalink
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Because prisoners generate lucrative government make work jobs, prosecutorial over charging and stacking should be criminalized as fraud. Lady writes message to drug dealer boyfriend, call John, didn't say what he wanted. Now she is facing Federal conspiracy charges, the loss of her children, because John is another drug dealer. If she snitches, the real aim of these excessive charges, she may be killed. Taking a message does not look like conspiracy to a normal human being.
American women have been liberated, are more enterprising, more confident in going into business for themselves. If crime for a living is a type of small business, these disproportionate statistics reflect American cultural leadership.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 23, 2014 7:40:13 AM
Some federal conspiracy statutes exist as a cruel joke...with justice as the punchline. Apparently it's a go-to charge (along with RICO and other vague, sweeping, malleable, prosecutor-friendly statutes) when authorities fail to assemble a substantial case of actual wrongdoing.
In a conspiracy trial I covered as a writer a couple of years ago the jury broke from deliberations to ask the judge if it were "possible to acquit" on the conspiracy charges...as nebulous and all-encompassing as those charges appeared to be.
After the judge in that case instructed the jury it didn't matter that the co-defendants didn't know each other, hadn't been in contact and hadn't otherwise communicated in any way in order for them to convict the defendants of conspiring, a fellow observer sitting next to me in the courtroom leaned over and said, "My god. How does anyone defend themselves against charges like that?"
Maybe they don't. Conspiracy statutes might well be to prosecuting crime what Miyagi's "crane technique" is to karate: No can defend against.
Posted by: John K | Oct 23, 2014 1:04:13 PM