To find a comparison with U.$. imprisonment of Black people, there
statistic in any country that compares including apartheid South Africa of
the era before Mandela was president. The last situation remotely
comparable to the situation today was under Stalin during war time.
The majority of prisoners are non-violent offenders(4) and the U.S. Government
now holds about a half million more prisoners than China; even though China
is four times our population.(5)
The rednecks tell MIM that we live in a "free country." They live
Orwellian 1984 situation where freedom is imprisonment.
1. Marc Mauer, "Americans Behind Bars: The International Use of
Incarceration 1993," The Prison Sentencing Project, 918 F. St. NW,
Suite 501, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 628-0871 Reference: SRI: R8965-2,
2. Ibid., 1992 report.
3. United Nations Development Programme, "Human Development Report
Oxford University Press, p. 186.
4. Figure of 51.2 percent for state prisoners there for non-violent
offenses. Abstract of the United States 1993, p. 211. In 2000, 1.5% of U.$. male
convicts had rape convictions, the second highest percentage reported by 30 countries
reporting statistics, http://www.unece.org/stats/gender/web/database.htm
5. Atlantic Monthly December, 1998.
Reuters admits the U$A has highest imprisonment rate in the world 2001
How do you define "freedom" anyway?