Go ahead and ask the average person on the street what country has the world’s highest incarceration rate. Russia? China? Iran? Nope. The answer is the good ol’ U.S. of A.
Who would have thought the land of the free leads the way in throwing people in cages, and not one of those awful tyrannical dictatorships (of which America certainly doesn’t count)? While America has a mere 5% of the world’s population, it has 23.4% of the world’s prison population. And yet “the freest country in the world” narrative still dominates the mainstream.
What explains the United States’s burgeoning prison state and what can be done about it? For that, SFL On-Air turns to a grassroots prison activist and an economist who studies America’s “imprisoner’s dilemma.”
The Prison State is one of the most under-talked about and under-studied issues today, despite being an increasingly destructive system. What are its origins? What sustains it? What are the potential solutions? We’ll hear from Dr. D’Amico and Nathan Goodman on this topic on December 10th at 8:00pm EST on SFL On-Air: America’s Prison State: Do not pass go, do not collect $200. If you’re a Liberty.me member, you can register in advance. If not, you can listen in live for free.