I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America, the greatest country in the world. However, I am ashamed that although the United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population, we have 25 percent of the world's prison population.
In 2009, our incarceration rate was 754 per 100,000 people. Japan had a rate of 59. Why is there such a disparity?
Many of our prisoners simply do not deserve to spend years incarcerated. They pose no threat to society, are not in danger of re-offending and could be rehabilitated through therapy and classes they could be required to take.