Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Friday, May 07, 2004

speaking english gets you locked up...

A survey of prison populations in the developed world reveals that the per capita average of people locked up in prisons in the English speaking world is about three times higher than that of the non-English speaking world. Interestingly, the U.S. figure is more than nine times the average in the non-English speaking world. I wonder what it all means.

The countries surveyed: Japan, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States. The order of listing here is from lowest (Japan) to highest (United States).

(Figures taken from an article on page 11 of today's Sydney Morning Herald, promoting the book "How Australia Compares" by Rodney Tiffen and Ross Gittins, Cambridge University Press.)

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