One Percent of American adults is now behind bars. The connection between the higher and higher incarceration rate and the lower and lower crime rate remains hotly disputed. Still, the incarceration rate is a remarkable and disturbing figure. (Hat tip: Kieran Healy)
Prison + Mental Institution Incarceration Rate:

Apropos Orin's post, and the news story it refers to, I thought I'd remind readers about Bernard Harcourt's guest-blogging last year on how looking at the fraction of people incarcerated in prison or mental institutions offers a useful perspective. Here's the key graph from Harcourt's work:

Unless, I'm mistaken, this graph includes prisons but not jails.

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