America – Land Of The Prisoner

As I get older I have become much more left leaning.  As I was out walking my dogs this morning I came across two deeply disturbing facts.

America calls itself “the land of the free,”  I was surprised and shocked to find out that the truth is VERY different.  Far from being the land of the free the rate that America locks up its citizens is truly shocking.

According to the BBC America locks up its citizens at around six times the rate China does. yet the USA feels justified in slamming human rights in China.

With just 4.4% of the worlds population the USA has 24.7% of the worlds prison population.  The UK incarcerates 148 people per 100k of population, China just 118 whilst the USA sits at 737.

Bottom line is that the USA locks up more of its people than any other country in the world.  Wow!  Black people make up 12% of the U.S. population but official figures show that blacks make up almost 38% of the prison population.

It makes you think that the U.S. should get its own house in order before lecturing the rest of the world.

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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