Prison1This quiz tests your knowledge of prisons and prisoners in the United States. Knowing more about prisons and prisoners helps one better understand and judge criminal justice systems. Further, the number of prisons and prisoners any nation has is arguably a measure of the safety and/or freedom a country offers.

Note: Special thanks to Learning Life intern, Kane Boynton, for assisting with the research for this quiz, and drafting the questions and answers. 

1. Which nation has the highest incarceration rate in the world?


2. How many prisoners does the United States have?


3. What is the average annual cost of imprisoning a person in the United States?


4. What percentage of U.S. state prisoners are re-arrested within one year of release from prison?


5. True or False: Blacks comprise the largest racial group in U.S. prisons.