Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:51:44 PM
madduck, recidivism rates don't mean anything in themselves. For instance, if you`re less likely to send people to jail anyways, you will get less people going to jail. That`s Captain Obvious stuff.
Recidivism rates by US state (America is diverse!), they range from the 20`s to the 50`s.
Mississippi, the poorest state, had almost a Norwegian recidivism rate from 1999-2002. Oklahoma, basically the most "redneck" state had a rate of only 26% 2004-2007. West Virginia, also a hick state, only 26%.
California at 57% though, Oregon 22% (Norway rate), Illinois 50%. There are reasons why for each.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:01:34 AM
"...Prison is neither 100% rehabilitation, nor 100% punishment..." And do tell, how long have you spent in a prison institution?
It is a little disgusting how a vast majority of people believe that a criminal must be completely devoid of all morals, values, deserve our complete scorn and should have all their human rights suspended.
I would wager at least 65% of people on this website have done something that would land them with jail time. A lot of the time the only difference between criminal and non is the criminal got caught.
People are sent to prison as punishment, not for further punishment.
I would also hazard to say that unless you have spent time in a penal institution, you aren't even remotely qualified to comment on how easy it is in there, or a free ride, how bad the punishment is, or isn`t.