By Indri Schaelicke | United States
The United States currently has 5% of the world’s population, yet has over 25% of all incarcerated individuals. These numbers are shocking: how can a country that claims the be the bastion of freedom imprison so many of its own citizens? The answer is that the United States currently punishes people for their addictions. In 2016 alone, police arrested 1,249,025 people for drug possession.