A new study of US prisons has found that numbers of people in jail are at an all-time high, with more than 1% of the adult population behind bars. The Pew Center report calls the US the global leader in the rate at which it imprisons its citizens. Over 2.3 million people were being held this year, it said - far ahead of other countries with large prison populations like China, Russia and Iran.
We are the world leader in everything else (supposedly). Why not this too?