That, then, is where your lack of knowledge about the American criminal "justice" system falls apart.
Here, as opposed to most of Europe, our system is a for-profit venture with large corporations like Corrections Corporation of America running many if not most of the prisons throughout the US. Our system from police to prosecutors to defenders to judges to therapists to counsellors and every other facet of the scheme manages to eke a profit out of incarceration.
From Wikipedia: "The incarceration rate in the United States of America is the highest in the world today. As of 2009, the incarceration rate was 743 per 100,000 of national population (0.743%). In comparison, Russia had the second highest, at 577 per 100,000, Canada was 123rd in the world at 117 per 100,000, and China had 120 per 100,000."
Our system has no desire to find innocence. None. Not unless you have money, and then the old adage about there being 2 rules, 1 for the rich and 1 for everyone else falls apart. There are no rules for the rich until such time as their peers begin to feel pressure by proximity. Also, the rate of persons-of-color incarcerated in the US far exceeds that of Caucasians. So the system is weighted toward bias against those of color.
Furthermore, if you've determined that it's acceptable for anyone going to prison to commit suicide if they choose, it would be essential to pick an as exact as possible number of people who chose to do so as would be acceptable. Moral courage would require the system - and it's your
system since you're promoting it, so that means you
- to pick a number you feel would be OK to you to die. Failure to do so would be a mark of moral cowardice, forcing someone else in the future after any possible number of deaths to retroactively choose how many is enough.
For the purpose of demographics, I would ask you the following questions, and for the record, I have not visited your profile or sought other information about you:
1) Are you white?
2) Do you consider yourself left-of-center, center, or right-of-center politically. Remember that the center in the US is often further to the right (conservative) than in most of Europe.
3) Do you consider yourself religious, and if so, what major belief system, e.g., Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Jain, Buddhist, Pagan, etc.
4) Do you consider yourself a right-to-life proponent? This is a huge issue in the US, especially where voluntary mortality is concerned because many who support the death penalty do not support abortion.
The demographic questions are for my own personal curiosity and do not come to bear on the aforementioned.