Report: Oklahoma now 'world's prison capital'

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A new report shows Oklahoma has surpassed Louisiana as the state with the highest incarceration rate in the country.

According to Prison Policy Initiative, Oklahoma incarcerated 1,079 per 100,000 people. The national incarceration rate is 698 per 100,000. That's the same rate as Kansas, which sits at number 24 on the list -- still higher than every other nation on the planet.

Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama round out the top five. 

The report says 23 U.S. states "would have the highest incarceration rate in the world — higher even than the United States. Massachusetts, the state with the lowest incarceration rate in the nation, would rank 9th in the world, just below Brazil and followed closely by countries like Belarus, Turkey, Iran, and South Africa."

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