The American Prison System Is Not Working

Most people that have worked in the criminal justice system, if they are being honest, will admit that our system of retribution is not working.  On Sunday, the New York Times ran several stories about the different ways countries incarcerate those they deem the most dangerous.  I found this diagram very compelling, as it demonstrates how much harsher America is compared to the rest of the world.

However, the most intriguing article was the one regarding Norway’s Halden Prison. (Click HERE to read the article.)  Norway approaches its incarcerated individuals as those who need to be rehabilitated, not punished.  As a result, their recidivism rate is around 20 %, while the U.S.’s rate is approximately 67%.  It is time that we re-evaluate how and why we incarcerate people in this country.