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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceTrivia · 3 months ago

US: how come the US has the largest prison -population on earth ? do you know ?

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  • 1 month ago

    We have a lot of repeat offenders. This is for several reasons.

    *Weak drug laws. Making addiction  easier.*As society that covets money. "Keep up with the Jones'".*A lot of guns. (Not against them myself )

    *Racial prejudice.

    *People in a lot of countries fear police beatings.

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  • 2 months ago

    the reason why is because most Americans are stupid.

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  • Phil
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    2 months ago

    Although China and India have far larger  overall populations than the USA there are up to seven Americans for every Chinese person or Indian person to be put into prison.

    Maybe the arrest rates are higher or maybe there is a higher percentage of criminals in the USA.

    Bt far the largest demographic in US prisons is young black males.

    Black males make up 6.5 percent of the US population but make up 37 percent of the US prison population.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/uk/06/prison...

    • SumDude
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      1 month agoReport

      China and India (promptly!) execute lawbreakers - so less people in jail.

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  • patty
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    2 months ago

    the usa has around 330 million people. of coarse it would seem they have more people in prison.

    • Phil
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      2 months agoReport

      More than China and India ? They have more people than the US. so why would they not have more people in prison than the US does ?

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  • Zirp
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    3 months ago

    Because too many americans believe that  deterrence works or that crime is genetic

    and that "making money" is always a good thing

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  • 3 months ago

    I think recidivism is the primary determinant.  Most of the prisons in the US do nothing to rehabilitate prisoners, instead assuming that they will re-offend and land right back in prison.  It is part of the privatization of the US prison system - it is more profitable for inmates to commit more crimes and come right back in.  Were I in a position of power, prison reform would be one of the first things I would tackle.  I am certainly not saying that criminals should not be locked up and punished, I am saying that if we do and intend to let them back onto the streets, we should make sure they are less likely to hurt more people with their crimes.

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  • 3 months ago

    Because of it's stupid gun laws. Is it any wonder there are more murders in the USA than any other country?

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    • SumDude
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      1 month agoReport

      When a drunk driver kills someone mdo you blame the car? Do you blame our "stupid" driving laws ?? London has as many KNIFE murders as NYC has murders by gun. Stupid knife laws !!

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    cause theres a lot of prisoners here for some reason

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  • Alex
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Privatization of the prisons.

    It makes money when the prisons are full.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    1. do the crime 2. do the time. DO THE CRIME /DO THE TIME.

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    • Marli
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      3 months agoReport

      I wish the designer of that poster had angled the pie piece so that most of the red fell on the US (which is the point of the message) and not on Canada.  Not only does it give the wrong impression, our criminals copycat those in the US. 

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