“Our incarceration rate is the highest in the world, triple that of the now-defunct East Germany. The incarceration rate for African American men is about five times higher than that of the Soviet Union at the peak of the gulag.”

I highly recommend you read this article, which analyzes how American society is starting to resemble a police state.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/american-society-police-state-criminalization-militarization?page=1

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