minnieboss t1_j7ltl0q wrote

Many products in the U.S. are made by American prisoners. U.S. has the largest prison population out of every country in the world, 2 million people as opposed to China's second-place 1.6 million people. But China has a much larger population, so the U.S. has a much higher percentage- an incarceration rate of 629 (also highest in the world), while China doesn't even crack the top 10. Source

Also worth reading: US prison workers produce $11bn worth of goods and services a year for pittance