States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2018
Prison Policy Initiative
Jun 6, 2018

“Oklahoma now has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S., unseating Louisiana from its long-held position as ‘the world’s prison capital.’ By comparison, states like New York and Massachusetts appear progressive, but even these states lock people up at higher rates than nearly every other country on earth. Compared to the rest of the world, every U.S. state relies too heavily on prisons and jails to respond to crime.

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