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    "at its pick Soviet Gulags held an estimated 2.5 million prisoners"

    So I googled the following:

    1 in 142 US residents now in prison
    America's prison population topped 2 million inmates for the first time in history on June 30, 2002 according to a new report from the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
    The 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government held 1,355,748 prisoners (two-thirds of the total incarcerated population), and local municipal and county jails held 665,475 inmates.

    By midyear 2002, America's jails held 1 in every 142 U.S. residents. Males were incarcerated at the rate of 1,309 inmates per 100,000 U.S. men, while the female incarceration rate was 113 per 100,000 women residents.

    Of the 1,200,203 state prisoners, 3,055 were younger than 18 years old. In addition, adult jails held 7,248 inmates under 18.

     - I guess when it is other people doing the imprisoning it is somehow different than when we do it.

    •  Fortress America (none)
      And don't we joke about rape being the norm in prison.  Is that not an acknowledgement of an inhuman, read, torturous, institution.  Our good soldier Graner first honed his skills on domestic inmates.  

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