I Never Would Have Guessed Where A Quarter Of The World's Prison Population Is

Here in the U.S., we seem to treat prison as the answer to every issue. Drugs? Violence? Some prison time ought to fix that, right?
But seriously, maybe it's time we stop using lockup as a stopgap and try addressing the real problems with our justice system that lead to this type of craziness.

By the way, the third statistic is from 2010.
ORIGINAL: By Meg McLain. Thumbnail image by Victor, used under Creative Commons license.
Posted By:
Megan Kelley

Next bit of Upworthiness:

Flash Video Embed

This video is not supported by your device. Continue browsing to find other stuff you'll love!

Hi there, internet friend. We need to talk. You're using a painfully old web browser, and frankly, it's getting a little weird. It's not safe, and we want the best for you. We think it's time to upgrade.

Download Google Chrome, and try it for a week. Don't think about it, just do it. You'll thank us later.