Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:14:09 AM
Andrew155 How about Hong Kong's incarceration rate? 130 prisoners per 100,000 population. We`re nearly double Norway, but towards the other end of the spectrum in regards to having a large population of low income earners relative to the rich and high urban density. But guess who`s the world leader with a magnificent 716 prisoners per 100,000 population? that place must be filled with the world`s nastiest mofos, or else it simply have a criminal culture. It`s not North Korea... it`s worse still.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:00:18 AM
But what I do know about prisons is that they are usually at a state or local level and that states that ban privatization, like Illinois, do not really experience different results. People still commit crimes and a crapton of people go to jail.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:57:54 AM
The criticism is obvious though,
Punishment - that's the point of prison, everywhere. Otherwise, why imprison people guilty of crimes of "passion"? They won`t do it again, probably. Why put any drunk driver away? Just take the license away. Well, jail is to punish. Europe does that more than we do for that crime, certainly.
Other developed countries have the advantage of not experiencing the conditions we have. If we bestowed Detroit onto the laps of Norwegians, they would not be able to manage it. They would freak out. They would have to choose to either have the second highest incarceration rate, or high crime.
Private prisons, I`m not a prison expert. I would have to do some research to find the best prison system, but I do know we`re not the only ones. The UK has private prisons.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:42:23 AM
@ Andrew: I'm not sure Draculya`s trolling. He makes some good points, however unwelcome they may be to American ears. I think it`s an embarrassment that this country has more citizens incarcerated than any other in history and that we have for-profit prisons.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:22:25 AM
Compare Norway to Iowa, and suddenly you realize why Noway is Norway. Really, it doesn`t take a rocket scientist for this. It`s pretty obvious you`ll have less people in jail if 1% of your petty thefts get solved.
Seriously, every country the internet wants America to be like fits the exact same pattern. Small and/or sparsely populated super white country that is either historically Protestant or has a huge population of Northern European descent.
Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands.