Randy White

In index after index, the US is fast-becoming second rate. Even in terms of freedom of the press, the US — once a beacon to the free world — is losing ground. The 2013 World Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders placed the US at 32nd, far behind the Scandinavian countries, and considerably behind the former Soviet-bloc countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. We retain first place in one category, however. America leads the world in incarceration rates: 716 prisoners per 100,000 population (more than half of which are black and Latino, so even our progress on racism is nothing to crow about). We imprison 2.5 times as many people per capita as does Iran.

Dave Pruett, writing for Like the Dew: America by the Numbers - LikeTheDew.com (via likethedew)

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