JUSTICE: Bars and Stripes Forever

JUSTICE: Bars and Stripes Forever

What nation locks up the highest percentage of its population? The Soviet Union? South Africa? Guess again: that dubious distinction belongs to the U.S. A report issued last week by the Sentencing Project, a Washington-based public-interest group that advocates reform of sentencing practices, puts the , rate of incarceration at 426 per 100,000 people in the U.S., 333 in South Africa and 268 in the Soviet Union. It finds that America imprisons black males at a rate four times that of South Africa.

The report notes that the American prison population has doubled in the past decade -- even though the...

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