They're trying to build a prison
Alright! We're #1! We have the more people in prison than any other country in the world. That's true whether you're looking at an absolute number (We have more people in prison than China, who has more than 4 times our population), or as a percentage of our population. The biggest single reason is the mandatory drug sentencing, but that only accounts for 2 million of the 7 million people currently in prison or on parole (7 million! China has 1.5!). While getting rid of those laws and giving people with drug problems treatment would be a huge improvement, these statistics really show a complete failure of our social programs (education, welfare, etc) and our economic system.
Unless you're Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, who says that these statistics are actually a good thing, because the U.S. has "cultural differences" when compared to Japan and Western Europe. Hmmm, i wonder what "cultural differences" means. It's a good thing we're keeping all those people with "cultural differences" locked up.
It's time for some non-random, non-Thursday lyrics:
Theyre trying to build a prison
U S A!
follow through on all the death penalties. that should put a dent in the numbers.