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Sen. Tom Cotton Says The US Doesn’t Have Enough People In Jail

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Sen. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) is facing widespread backlash for suggesting in a tweet that the United States has an “under-incarceration problem.”

Cotton’s comment came in response to a CNN article that discusses the impact of crime during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as well as the criminal justice system. The solution to our problems, according to Cotton, is to put more even people in jail in a country with the highest documented incarceration rate in the world.

“We have a major under-incarceration problem” that is “only getting worse,” the Arkansas Republican claimed. Twitter users were quick to fact-check the representative’s claim, noting that the U.S. has more people in jail than any other country.

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