World’s Largest Jailer By Far, It’s Not Even Close

Mark Perry
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World Rank,
2010
CountryPrison Population Rates
per 100,000 Population
1U.S.A.743
27Israel325
52Turkmenistan224
53Iran223
53Iran223
61Libya200
61Mexico200
69Colombia180
70Saudi Arabia178
92Bahrain149
116China120
126Venezuela114
137Iraq101
137Iraq101
140Ethiopia98
150Egypt89
156Yemen83
185Syria58
187Afghanistan56
198Sudan45
198Pakistan45

The table above shows how the United States compares to some of the roughest countries in the world for prison incarceration rates per 100,000 population in 2010.  The full list is here, the countries above were selected as some of world’s the most repressive regimes (Iran, Saudi Arabia and Libya), some of the world’s least economically free countries (Venezuela, Turkmenistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, according to the Heritage Foundation), least politically stable (Israel) and some countries with the biggest narco-terroism problems (Colombia and Mexico).  But none of them even come close to the incarceration rate of the World’s #1 Jailer – the United States, largely because of the “war on drugs.”  

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