The incarceration rate in the US is the highest in the world. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, although the US is home to only 5 percent of the world’s population, it boasts 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. About one in 100 American adults are behind bars, the Economist reports.
If those stats aren’t enough to shock you, consider that the state of New Hampshire alone has about the same number of prisoners as the entire country of Israel.
Here is a visual aid, brought to you by Global Post, that helps elucidate why. The map below compares prisoner populations in individual US states with prisoner populations from different countries around the world.