Section IV: Global Comparisons

Crime and incarceration around the world:

U.S. vs. South Africa

  • Incarceration rate per 100,000 population in South Africa under apartheid (1993) 609: 368
  • Incarceration rate per 100,000 Black males in South Africa under apartheid (1993) 610: 851
  • Incarceration rate per 100,000 African-American males in the United States under George W. Bush (2001) 611: 4,848

This page is an excerpt from The Prison Index: Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industry (April 2003) by Peter Wagner, published by the Western Prison Project and the Prison Policy Initiative.

Footnotes

609 Marc Mauer, Americans Behind Bars: The International Use of Incarceration,1992-93.

610 Marc Mauer, Americans Behind Bars: The International Use of Incarceration,1992-93.

611 PPI, Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment, 2002.

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