Thursday, August 18th, 2011

England Now Has More Prisoners Per Capita Than Australia

"The prison population of England and Wales has hit a new record high of 86,608 people," thanks to several hundred young rioters being held in the system. Yup: 86,000 people are in prison out of a population of 53,390,300. Yeah… so that's .0016% of England and Wales. (The U.S. has about 2,300,000 people in prison, out of 307,006,550 people—almost five times as many, by population.)

Guess what? This means England has surpassed its tragic colony, old Prisoncrime Island, in rates of imprisonment—with all of 22 million people, Australia has only like 30,000 people in prison. (Though they're trying desperately to up their rates!)

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Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

Nonsense. Australia has a population of 20 million. That's a lot more than 86,000.

@Ham_Snadwich HEH. Kudos. We all try to pretend now that Australia isn't unto ITSELF a prison though. SHH. THey'll be waking up soon!

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@Choire Sicha I mean, the real problem is finding a place for Australia to put 86,000 new citizens.

What, no "Knifecrime Island" tag?

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