concepts of criminal law

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  • Why do you think the United States incarcerates so many more people than other countries?
  • According to the "principle of utility," is it appropriate to incarcerate such large numbers of people?
  • Is it appropriate to incarcerate minorities disproportionately to their representation in United States society?
Jul 15th, 2015

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The United States jails more people per capita than every other country in the world, except Seychelles. There were 707 people in prison for every 100,000 residents in the United States in 2012, just two less than Seychelles’s 709 per 100,000.

To put this in perspective, Seychelles is a tiny island nation with a total population of less than 100,000 people. That means that there are actually less than 709 people total in the whole country.

The United States prison populations was more than 2 million in 2012. It doesn’t really make much sense to compare the U.S. to tiny countries with relatively miniscule populations.


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