The US has (by far) more people incarcerated than any other nation. 639 out of every 100.000 individuals.
It is not remotely close to other developed nations.
To understand how unbelievably shockingly high this number is, you must compare it to other developed countries.
Eastern European countries have close to 200 (for 100.000 inhabitants). Most Western European countries are below the 100 mark. For example, Norway has 49 people incarcerated by 100.000 inhabitants.
Even outside Europe, most 1st world countries have shockingly low numbers compared to America. As an example, Japan has 35 people by 100.000.
The rate of incarceration is a lot closer to the third world countries.
The top 25 countries ordered by incarceration rates by 100.000 inhabitants:
The US leads in both wealth and education! Not in crime rates!
How can the country with the best education system globally and the wealthiest of all nations (GDP) fail so badly?
The US is nowhere near having a top crime rate (56th highest) when compared to other nations: https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/crime-rate-by-country
I cannot feather how this is justifiable; it looks insane to my European eyes. Are you putting individuals in jail for what should be minor fines or community service? You do know that is a sure way to turn them into real criminals, right?
You are doing it wrong, and you know it! Get your act together.