US Attorney: 1 in Every 100 US Adults Are in Prison or Jail

July 11, 2014 | 2:58 PM EDT

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Timothy Heaphy told the House Judiciary Committee's Over-Criminalization Task Force Friday that nearly one in every 100 adults in the U.S. is in prison or jail - a rate five to 10 times higher than western Europe and other democracies.