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I'm an equal-opportunity incarcerator," says Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, originator of the nation's only female chain gang.
Proclaiming himself "an equal opportunity incarcerator," an Arizona sheriff has started one for women "now locked up with three or four others in dank, cramped disciplinary cells.
Indeed, a very big reason we're now the world's biggest incarcerator, with more than 2 million people behind bars, is the flood of prosecutions of nonviolent drug users and small-time sellers.
However, there was another awful event this week that demands greater attention than the special pleading of the country's chief police officer - our prison population passed the symbolic 70,000 mark, and we have now overtaken Portugal as the leading incarcerator of people in Europe.
Britain is the most eager incarcerator in Europe (barring Portugal), with an incarceration rate in England and Wales of approximately 128 per 100,000.