December 1, 2006

THE WORLD'S LEAST TOLERANT COUNTRY:

1 in 32 U.S. adults in prison, on parole or probation (Kasie Hunt, 12/01/06, The Associated Press)

A record 7 million people — one in every 32 American adults — were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of last year, according to the Justice Department.

Of those, 2.2 million were in prison or jail, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday.


Yet Libertarians can't figure out why they get just 1% of the vote and Darwinists are perplexed at being just 13% of the population.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2006 9:33 AM
Comments

Now it makes sense. This sample group gets them to the '1 in 10 are gay' "statistic".

Posted by: John Resnick at December 1, 2006 10:05 AM

Least tolerant country is a stretch. Least tolerant democracy I could believe.

Posted by: Brandon at December 1, 2006 11:29 AM

Who has more people incarcerated for nonconformity?

Posted by: oj at December 1, 2006 11:36 AM

Cuba

Posted by: Brandon at December 1, 2006 11:52 AM

And all of them convicted by a system that openly debates the laws, widely declares the rules, and publicly tries the accused. In addition, the laws passed by our legislatures are reviewed by multiple levels of courts. The convicted can then have their sentences reviewed by higher courts.

Somehow the remaining 31 out of 32 adults figured out how to stay clear of the pokie.

Posted by: Dreadnought at December 1, 2006 12:06 PM

Brandon:

Not even in our league:

64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:G4xWgNRZU78J:www.publiceye.org/defendingjustice/pdfs/factsheets/9-Fact%2520Sheet%2520-%2520US%2520vs%2520World.pdf+percentage+population+incarcerated+cuba+america&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=2&lr=lang_en&client=firefox-a

Posted by: oj at December 1, 2006 1:54 PM

And I find the inclusion of "probation" in the list to be interesting. Usually you get probation when you've committed a non-violent first offense for something like petty vandalism in a National Park (in that case, probation consisted of waiving the $500 fine if the guy stayed out of the park for two years.) Like "driving school" in California, it's a cheap alternative to paying the fine for something that would not get you sent to jail in the first place.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 1, 2006 4:46 PM

If you can't trust Cuban, PRC, and North Korean government figures, what can you trust?

Uhhh... do you want that alphabetical, and how much time have you got?

Anyhow, Cuba and North Korea *are* prisons. People will risk as much to escape those holes as they will to escape Leavenworth.

Oh, and by the way, what does "non-conformity" mean? Nothing concrete whatsoever, I betcha.

Posted by: Alf at December 1, 2006 10:19 PM

No one escapes Leavenworth while millions have fled the others. We're even better prisonkeepers.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2006 9:18 AM
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