Sunday, June 29, 2014

Michigan has higher incarceration rate than Cuba, Russia and Iran

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Michigan has a higher incarceration rate than Cuba, Russia or Iran. (MLive file photo)
By Brian Smith |
on June 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

LANSING -- If Michigan were a country, it would put people in prison more often than Russia does.
That's one of the takeaways from a new analysis of incarceration rates by the Prison Policy Initiative that breaks the U.S. rate out by all 50 states. The U.S. leads the world in the percentage of citizens behind bars as a whole, but some states are far above that mark.

The U.S. imprisons people at a rate of 716 people per 100,000 of population, but 22 states actually exceed that rate, with Louisiana's rate being the highest at 1,341 people per 100,000.
Michigan's rate is below the national rate, at 628 inmates per 100,000, but that's still high enough to exceed every other country in the world.

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