In light of several recent civil disobedience campaigns in the US, an aside…
From The International Centre for Prison Studies’ World Prison Population List (2009):
“More than 9.8 million people are held in penal
institutions throughout the world, mostly as pre-trial
detainees (remand prisoners) or as sentenced prisoners.
Almost half of these are in the United States (2.29m),
Russia (0.89m) or China (1.57m sentenced prisoners).
“The United States has the highest prison population
rate in the world, 756 per 100,000 of the national