I’ve reported several times earlier about our international lead in jailing people. 1.9 million in jail
You can see a wonderful graphic of how each US state compares with most of the countries in the world. Not a happy chart here: States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2021 from the Prison Policy Initiative.
But that is only part of the story – 3.7 million on parole or probation
The U.S. has a staggering 1.9 million people behind bars, but even this number doesn’t capture the true reach of the criminal legal system. It’s more accurate to look at the 5.5 million people under all of the nation’s mass punishment systems, probation and parole.1