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Dec 01

Clips from new infographic (in the works)

I'm working on a new infographic that I will offer free online, and hope to sell in poster form as well (11″ x 17″ full color). I will also be making an animated video to go along with the graphic, so be looking for those in the near future!

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Here are a few of the graphic stats that will be included on the new infographic, titled “Land of the [not so] Free”
feel free to download/repost these images wherever you like!

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  1. Janaki

    can you provide your sources?? i love your graphics, but i like to confirm the source data for myself.

    1. Meg McLain

      sorry… my sources were gonna be listed on the final graphic, and i didnt think to add them to these clips. my bad. the majority of these stats come from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. some of them are from studies done by the International Centre for Prison Studies (specifically the World Prison Brief 2010).

      Hope that helps! You may have to do a little math, but the numbers are solid ;)

  2. shelby

    That mean’s 9,189,600 people are imprisoned, which does suck and I am glad that I am not one of them to say the least. However that means that 2,297,400 people are imprisoned in America making it only .744 percent of the population, according to your statistics. Knowing that 99.256 percent of America’s population isn’t imprisoned is, in my opinion noteworthy. What makes that 1% so bad? How can crime be explained on these terms, how can justice be explained on these terms- when 99.256 aren’t imprisoned but still acting like criminals.

    1. Meg McLain

      there are a few things to keep in mind here. first, this statistic is from 2010… data for the past 3 years has not been properly compiled and presented yet. second, these are only people currently IN prison. however, if you add everyone who has had their lives effected by the criminal justice system (in prison/jail, out on bond awaiting trial, or on parole… which often leads to being put back into prison) the statistic goes up to about 1 out of every 33 people in the US.

  3. Edgar Gomez

    These are interesting statistics designed to generating debate. America, the land of the free, is the apogee for upholding the freedoms and rights of its citizens much more efficiently than most parts of the world, hence the high prison population rate. In some other countries the dispensation of justice is much more extreme and uncivilized ie. ‘eye for an eye’ approach towards ‘unlawful acts’ where it is possible and accepted to behead and perpetuate violence on the law breakers, or at worst powerless, indifferent and apathy towards the persecution of criminals.

    Nice use of stats!

    1. Meg McLain

      i totally disagree with your statements there, edgar; but i’m glad you enjoy discussions about these things.

  4. Miriam English

    Amazing and depressing. I just finished watching Louis Theroux’s pair of documentaries on Miami’s mega jails. It looks like a self-feeding system that must be actively broken in order to prevent it growing endlessly bigger and bigger.

    I am soooo glad I don’t live in USA where so many of my friends are. Scary place. Now seems to be going out of control with prisons privately owned and it being in their interests not to rehabilitate, but to foster violence; the military consuming more money than anything else and still growing; the “security” forces generating ever greater insecurity with the intention to place more than 30,000 drones in US skies by 2015 (less than 2 years away!); the politicians bought and sold by the wealthiest 1% who seem ever further disconnected with reality… all very worrying.

    I used to read about scientific discoveries in USA all the time in New Scientist magazine and Scientific American magazine, but now not so much. Scientific American has lost so much audience it had to be saved recently by a buyer rescuing it from closing. Sad. There are so many smart people in USA (and everywhere, of course).

    Thank you for being a part of the effort to try to turn this around. The USA needs its people to wake up and fix what was once something of a shining beacon of reason, but is rapidly becoming a dangerous monster.

    Australia (where I live) is also in great danger of following USA down this path. It is another reason why I hope you in USA can turn things around. So much depends upon it.

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