and this is not a police state...?
the big they, regulates what gender is, what medicines are legal, who can get married, what county they will invade based on lies... on and on....
US prison rate soars even higher
The US prison population has risen further, with one in 138 people now in jail, new official figures reveal.
There are more than 2.1 million US citizens in jail - more than in any other country, the Bureau of Justice Statistics says.
The government says putting and keeping criminals in jail is working. Recent figures have shown violent crime and murder falling.
But critics say less severe ways of approaching crime are being ignored.
The figures show the prison population increased by an estimated 48,452 people - 2.3% - in the year to 30 June 2004.