The United States has the largest prison population in the world. Here are some facts:
- Though the U.S. holds only about five percent of the world’s population, it incarcerates well over 2,000,000 people, which is 22% of the world’s prisoners.
- The United States also has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with 655 incarcerated per 100,000 of the population. (Next highest is Turkey, with 344 per 100,000)
- Incarceration levels are more extensive in the United States than in countries with larger populations. This means there are more prisoners in the U.S, than any other country.