Was talking to a friend about racially-basketed usa incarceration stats the other day. In general, US incarceration rates are much higher than the rest of the world at ~1% of our population in prison and jail at any given time.
Except for Rwanda where I visited this spring, incidentally - the USA and Rwanda are top-two in incarceration per capita. Champagne all around.
Here's some relevant information about the USA (link to source, Professor Pamela Oliver's website at U Wisc):
- About a third of African American men are under the supervision of the criminal justice system
- About 12% of African American men in their 20s and 30s are incarcerated.
Here's a summary from wikipedia:
And here's a uncomfortable chart taken from a paper by Dr. Oliver with stats covering 1920s to 1986 (link). So stop before the straight-line extrapolation at the end. Something bad happened in the late 70s early 80s.