U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) speaks during U.S. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on February 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman-Pool/Getty Images)
GOP Sen. Tom Cotton is once again dragging out one of his favorite lines: The United States, Cotton believes, simply needs more prisoners.
On Wednesday, in response to a report about rising homicide rates, Cotton tweeted that the U.S. “absolutely has an under-incarceration problem.” It was the second time he had posted to social media about it in a span of 24 hours.
The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with more than 2 million people in prison and nearly 700 out of…