Many Dallas residents might be surprised to learn that the United States leads the world in incarcerations. Last week the White House released a report, "Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System" and its findings are alarming to say the least.
Although the United States holds just five percent of the world's population, it has approximately 35 percent of the world's prisoners? This amounts to approximately 2.2 million people in either local jails or state or federal prisons. Fifty-eight percent of inmates are held in state prisons, one third in local jails and nine percent in federal prisons.