How Profoundly the United States Has Changed

When President  Nixon advocated a tough on crime law and order policy early in his presidency, only about 100 people were incarcerated per 100,000 of the population (a level that had not substantially changed since the 1920s). Now that figure is more than 700 — lower than at the peak, but still the highest rate in the world. How profoundly our nation has changed. 

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