11 Stunning Facts About America's Prisons (Business Insider)
Sunday July 24th, 2011
The U.S. has a greater percentage of its population locked up than any other country in the world.
Despite budget cuts and tax shortfalls housing inmates costs the country almost $600 billion a year.
Despite the rising incarceration rates over the last decade, crime is actually down.
High inmate populations are blamed on mandatory sentencing and over-zealous drug laws.