Which country in the world has the highest percentage of its population in prisons? Why is it so?
That would be the good old United States of America. 715 inmates per 100,000. The US has less than 5% of the world's population, but we have 25% of the prison population worldwide.
49% of all state inmates are there for non-violent crimes, and about 63% of all federal inmates are there for non-violent crimes - most of these being drug-related.
(Information gathered via Wikipedia.org.)
Because the US is very lax on their prisoners. There is no real punishment. Plus in other countries families shun those in their family that commit a crime. In America, it is almost embraced.
The answer is the United States. I recommend reading "The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: by author Jeffrey Reiman. Last year I wrote a hub, which was a critical analysis of this book. You can access it through my profile, of course. My hub is entitled "Prison for the Poor, Riches for the Rich."
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