This is just wrong.
In today's New York Times:
For the first time in the nation’s history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report. Nationwide, the prison population grew by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million. Another 723,000 people are in local jails. The number of American adults is about 230 million, meaning that one in every 99.1 adults is behind bars.How can the land of the free be #1 in citizens in prison globally?
China: #2. Russian #3.
Hell, 5 states spend more on prisons every year than they do on higher education.