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US prison officer visits liberal Norwegian prison

US prison officer visits liberal Norwegian prison

(6:56) James Conway, retired Superintendent of Attica Correctional Facility in New York, visits Halden Prison in Norway. Punishment for your crime is losing your freedom, prison should be as "normal" as possible while preparing you for your inevitable return to the "outside". That is the basic philosophy behind all Norwegian prisons, even the high security ones.
Interestingly, at less than 30%, Norway has the lowest reoffending rate in Europe, about half of the rate in the UK. Guardian report on Bastoy Prison in Norway: http://goo.gl/p9b3N1

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tornadodog tornadodog (1168 days ago)

a real life working B F Skinner box its not to hard to see why the usa finds it hard to understand the reasons why this system works. as lock them up and throw away the key clearly doesnt work

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a real life working B F Skinner box its not to hard to see why the usa finds it hard to understand the reasons why this system works. as lock them up and throw away the key clearly doesnt work

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nsavoidscivilliberty nsavoidscivilliberty (1158 days ago)
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The high re-incarceration rates in the United States are effective for maintaining the livelilhood of politicians who depend on donations from judges, lawyers, police officers, jailers and jail building and management companies. Local governments also derive a significant portion of their annual budgets from fines and penalties levied upon repeat offenders. Incarceration records also remove voters from eligibility to vote at the polls and taxpayers are too detached from the tyranny that our ancestors escaped to feel compelled to improve the situation.

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The high re-incarceration rates in the United States are effective for maintaining the livelilhood of politicians who depend on donations from judges, lawyers, police officers, jailers and jail building and management companies. Local governments also derive a significant portion of their annual budgets from fines and penalties levied upon repeat offenders. Incarceration records also remove voters from eligibility to vote at the polls and taxpayers are too detached from the tyranny that our ancestors escaped to feel compelled to improve the situation.

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