The U.S.A. Land of the free and the home of the imprisoned?
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson says the United States puts a lot of people in prison.
“Mister Speaker, the United States imprisons more than any nation in the world,” the liberal Democrat from DeKalb County said one day in the House of Representatives. “We currently incarcerate 2.3 million people. The incarceration rate is not fitting for a nation which is routinely touted as the greatest nation in the world.”
PolitiFact Georgia wondered whether Johnson was correct about his claim that America has more people in its prisons than any other country. Or should the congressman go into our fact-checking holding cell?
Johnson’s main reason for the statement was a verbal volley at the American Legislative Exchange Council, which he accused of lobbying for harsher prison sentences that benefit some members that run for-profit jails.