Congratulations, The United States No Longer Incarcerates More People Per Capita Than Seychelles

  • study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice examined crime data in 81 large American cities in the 12 months before and after August 2014, when a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. No evidence was found to support the claim that overall violent or property crime increased after Ferguson, although homicide rates did rise in a few cities.
  • The latest report by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research finds that the United States no longer has the world’s highest incarceration rate. The East African nation of Seychelles now has the highest incarceration rate, with 799 jail or prison inmates per 100,000 compared to the United States’ 698 inmates per 100,000 residents.

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