Fun Facts about Prisons:
– Over 2.2 million people are currently in U.S. jails or prisons.
– Half of the world’s prison population of approximately 9 million people is held in the U.S., Russia, or China.
– Over 2.7 million children in the U.S. have a parent behind bars.
– There are over 5,000 jails and prisons in the U.S.
– There are more jails than colleges in the U.S.
– In many parts of the country, there are more people in jail than living on college campuses.
– About half of the inmates in federal prisons are serving time for non-violent drug offenses.
– The average annual cost to incarcerate one inmate in federal prison is about $29,000.
– Some prisons is Brazil offer their prisoners a chance to reduce their sentence by 4 days (up to 48 days/year) for every book they read and write a report on.
– Scientology has its own prison, named “The Hole”, where Scientology executives are sent for months or even years of confinement, manual labor and humiliation.
– The longest prison sentence ever requested was 384,912 years of jail, against a 22 years old postman accused of failing to deliver 42,768 letters.
– Companies in America can outsource call center duties to prisons. The prisoners make $0.92 per hour to handle calls.
– Black and white Americans sell and use drugs at similar rates, but black Americans are 2.7 times as likely to be arrested for drug-related offenses.
– 77 percent of released prisoners are re-arrested within five years.
– 20% Of Federal Prisoners Are Held In Private Correctional Facilities.
– Inmates In Private Prisons Receive Less Than $1 An Hour For Their Labor.
– Women stand a greater chance of illness and injury in prison than men.