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Sen. Tom Cotton said the US, which has the highest incarceration rate in the world, has an ‘under incarceration problem’

Tom Cotton
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., interrupts a fellow senator during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee for CIA nominee Gina Haspel, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Washington.

  • Sen. Tom Cotton tweeted Friday that the US has an “under incarceration problem.”
  • The US has more incarcerated people per 100,000 residents than any country on Earth.
  • Cotton was talking about the recent spike in crime occuring in some US cities.
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Sen. Tom Cotton said Friday that the country that incarcerates more people per capita than any other has an “under incarceration problem.”

Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, tweeted a clip of himself speaking on Fox News about the increase in crime currently happening in some US cities.

“This is all a result of naive and foolish policies that are letting prisoners out of jail early sometimes because of false claims that we have an over incarceration problem in this country or exaggerated fears about the coronavirus,” Cotton said.

Read more: The ‘crime surge’ is both overhyped and underappreciated

He tweeted along with the video: “We’re facing a historic crime wave and Democrats are advocating for violent, repeat felons to be let out of jail early.”

“We have an under incarceration problem,” he added.

The US has more prisoners per 100,000 residents than any country in the world, according to data compiled by the World Prison Brief.

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