Monday, January 12, 2015

Michigan's incarceration rate tops Guam and Thailand

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 11:28 AM

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The incarceration rate of the United States boggles the mind: One out of every 100 American adults are currently locked up, according to the Economist — and, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. locks up one-quarter of the entire world's prisoners.

Those stats tee-up a story last week on the Boston-based online outlet Global Post. The Post took U.S. prisoner population estimates from each state, based on the bureau of Justice Statistics through the end of 2013, and contrasted it with international prison populations. 

The results aren't exactly comforting: For example, New Hampshire has a higher incarceration rate than Israel, the Post says.

And in Michigan, according to the Post's research, there's 443 people imprisoned per 100,000 of the state's population. That puts Michigan in line with Guam (432 prisoners per 100,000 population) and the Bahamas (444 prisoners per 100,000 population). 

But Michigan's rates don't even come close to those of Oklahoma, Mississippi, Delaware, and Louisiana. As the Post reports, those states have a rate "higher than any nation" in the world, with Louisiana topping the list at 867 prisoners per 100,000 population. 

Update (6:15 p.m., Mon. Jan. 12): The headline to this post has been updated. 

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