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!)