The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. The U.S. incarceration rate on December 31, 2008 was 754inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents. The USA also has the highest total documented prison and jail population in the world. - New York TimesAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): "In 2008, over 7.3 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole at year- end — 3.2% of all U.S. adult residents or 1 in every 31 adults."
Canadian science ﬁction author is accused by Michigan border guards, while hes on the way back to Canada, of having assaulted them. In court, it cameout that although the guards struck Watts several times, Watts never raised a hand against the guards. However, he was still found guilty because the law places "failure to comply with a lawful command" -- in this case, a guards ordering him to lie down -- as "obstructing a federal ofﬁcer," and "obstruction", by the wording of the law, is considered to be as much of a crime as assault is. Yes, Americans, Michigan just convicted a man for not lying down and groveling fast enough. The jury, at one point during deliberation, sent a question to the court: "Is failure to comply sufﬁcient for conviction?" It doesnt get a lot clearer than that. And one thing thats especially clear to me is that this is a jury that had no idea what jury nulliﬁcation is.