The USA is the most heavily incarcerated country on the planet, beyond even China. Of the 8 Million people in jail, fully a quarter are in the USA, which only has about 5% of the World's population.
Land of the Free????????
But of course all this crackdown makes it the safest and most law abiding country on the Planet, doesn't it.
I wonder if those Scandinavian prison figures correlate with the fact that they are the world leaders in Education and their system is the envy of all.
Don't think the comparison is fair, Australian court system is more likely to give you a slap on the wrist for even a severe crime where victims are beaten to a pulp, the US court system would actually punish the criminal by giving them a jail term.Highest incarceration rate in the world too, 730 per 100, 000 persons. Australia = 129 / 100,000 (NZ = 194).