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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-02-09 12:22 PM
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Always A Place To Stay In Texas
Edited on Fri Oct-02-09 12:23 PM by lame54
http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2009/10/world-pop...

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2009
World Prison Population List: All nations still incarcerate at lower rates than Texas.

The new World Prison Population List (pdf) is out from Kings College (London) and the United States once again tops the planet in the percentage of it citizenry incarcerated:
The United States has the highest prison population rate in the world, 756 per 100,000 of the national population, followed by Russia (629), Rwanda (604), St Kitts & Nevis (588), Cuba (c.531), U.S. Virgin Is. (512), British Virgin Is. (488), Palau (478), Belarus (468), Belize (455), Bahamas (422), Georgia (415), American Samoa (410), Grenada (408) and Anguilla (401).

Almost three fifths of countries (59%) have rates below 150 per 100,000.

The world population in 2008 is estimated at 6,750 million (United Nations); set against a world prison population of 9.8 million this produces a world prison population rate of 145 per 100,000 (158 per 100,000 if set against a world prison population of 10.65 million).

Of course, even though Texas' incarceration rate has been recently declining, our rate still tops the US national rate by a wide margin, which makes Texas arguably the global incarceration leader. At last count, Texas prisons incarcerated more than 1,000 prisoners per every 100,000 residents. About one out of every 22 adult Texans is in prison, in jail, on probation or on parole compared to one out of 31 nationally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTW0y6kazWM
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-02-09 12:24 PM
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1. So that should make us the safest nation in the world, right?
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-02-09 12:24 PM
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2. Safe from pot smokers
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-02-09 12:33 PM
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3. and that's what's important
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-02-09 12:35 PM
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4. I guess it's true, everything is bigger in Texas.
Hey lame, sent a friend request, hope it went to the right one.
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-02-09 12:50 PM
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5. Done & cool
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-02-09 09:09 PM
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7. Rocky here is the correct one.
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TxRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-02-09 01:30 PM
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6. Of course the prisoners aren't all from Texas
Edited on Fri Oct-02-09 01:32 PM by TxRider
Texas has tons of rural land, sparsely populated with a lot of poor little towns.

Texas allowed the building of wall street backed private prisons in the state. Take a look at them, and this may not even be all of them.

http://www.texasprisonbidness.org/about-private-prisons...

States all over the nation from as far away as Hawaii send prisoners here to Texas as they experience overcrowding in their prisons.

I'm expecting California to send a whole bunch of them here now that they have court orders to relieve overpopulation.

And that falls back into prison labor for profit, political district tinkering by counting inmates as population in a district, and all sorts of nasty stuff.

Not surprising the inmate population to civilian population is a bit higher here.

Private for profit run prisons should be illegal in our nation. It's an issue that's kept squarely under the rug and out of the media though.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-02-09 09:26 PM
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8. Executions and Incarcerations are the true shame of Texas.
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