The statistics below are very sad. If the United States wants to be the leader of the free world we have to change the way other countries think about us by being the leader in rehabilitation and NOT incarceration. Although the United States makes up only 5% of the worlds population, they represent 25% of the prison population.
Larry Lawton the Founder and President of Lawton911 and the Reality Check Program DVD help reduce the number of newly incarcerated people by opening their eyes to what prison is REALLY like and not what they think it is like. “It is all about showing people the real deal and then letting them make the choice to not do something that will land them in prison”, said Lawton.
Prevention not incarceration. That is the answer. Companies that make money off the high prison population need to rethink their philosophy to help the United States be a leader and a country other countries look up to.
Take Corizon Healthcare, they provide inmates with healthcare. The higher the number of incarcerated people, the more money they make. A companies bottom line should be more then just a number. Are they doing right? Do they sleep well at night?
Larry Lawton who spent eleven years incarcerated and knows the system quite well often talks about ways where everyone wins. That is why Lawton911 reduced the cost of the Reality Check Court Ordered DVD Program. The offenders pay less, court services are of high quality and Lawton911 still makes a small profit. Everyone wins.
If you, or an organization you work for or are a part of, want to help reduce the prison population by keeping our young people OUT of prison, please contact us.
World Prison Population 2011
Date: 27 July 2011
More than 10.1 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world the latest World Prison Population Briefing revealed published in late July by the International Centre for Prison Studies, University of Essex. According to the briefing paper there has been a 300,000 increase in the world’s prison population over last two years since the previous edition was issued.
The World Prison Population Briefing covers 218 countries and territories with unavailable figures from only seven countries – Bhutan, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea Bissau, North Korea and Somalia.
According to briefing, United States of America (USA) still remains the leading country with 2.29 million people in prisons, China as a second with 1.65 million sentenced prisoners, and Russia occupies a third place having imprisoned 0.81 million people for the moment of writing the briefing.
The USA also has the highest prison population rate in the world, 743 per 100,000 of the national population, followed by Rwanda (c. 595), Russia (568), Georgia (547), U.S. Virgin Is. (539), Seychelles (507), St Kitts & Nevis (495), British Virgin Is. (468), Belize (439), Dominica (431), Bermuda (428), Grenada (423) and Curacao (422).
The overall world prison population rate (based on 10.1 million prisoners and a world population of 6.9 billion) is 146 per 100,000.
The largest rises in recent years in Europe have occurred in Turkey and Georgia, in both of which the prison population doubled between 2006 and 2010. The largest recent falls in prison population in Europe have been in Moldova and the Netherlands, in both of which the total fell by more than 25% in the same four-year period.