The United States is experiencing a failure of both systems and personnel. It's not one, but both. And as a consequence, the single most famous stat for mass incarceration is now the exact same as this horrible new stat for the coronavirus. It's because the stats are produced by the same source.
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There is a disturbing and well known statistic that shows that despite accounting for only 4 percent of the world’s population, the United States accounts for nearly 25 percent of the world's prison population.
This stat is horrific yet unsurprising, as most things in America tend to be, and it is the exact same statistic for the world's coronavirus cases.
According to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the United States accounts for a quarter of the world’s coronavirus cases. Just as one in four incarcerated people in the world are American, one in four coronavirus patients are as well. I don’t know how many other ways to put it for the meaning to truly sink in. Not only do we alone make up 25 percent of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the number of cases in the U.S. is nearly double that of the second leading country, Brazil. No other country in the world is even close to our numbers.
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down what this statistic says about the present state of America, and what it means for its future.