With only 5% of the world’s population the U.S. incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners. The United States ranks number one in incarceration rates. The U.S. has 751 people incarcerated per 100,000 while Russia, the industrialized nation closest in rank, has only 627 per 100k. In other countries it is far lower, with England at 151, Germany at 88, and Japan at only 63!
There are 7 billion people on this planet who I have not met,
and 195 countries I have not visited.
Yet I am stuck in this insignificant town,
Being pressured into making decisions about my future,
When I barely even know who I am.