Archive for March 1st, 2011

A Different Way of Doing Things.

A friend sent me this link about a prison in Norway. I need to ponder this one. But here is an interesting statistic, taken from the article:

Only 16 percent of the prisoners in this island jail become repeat offenders in the first two years after leaving Bast√ły as compared with 20 percent for Norway as a whole. In Germany, where recidivism is measured after three years, the rate is 50 percent.

Alas, Germany’s rate is not the highest:

Within three years of their release, 67% of former prisoners are rearrested and 52% are re-incarcerated, a recidivism rate that calls into question the effectiveness of America’s corrections system, which costs taxpayers $60 billion a year. Violence, overcrowding, poor medical and mental health care, and numerous other failings plague America’s 5,000 prisons and jails. source

Extreme cases are good food for thought, and the case of this Norwegian prison is certainly extreme! When I’ve mulled this over, I will post a few more comments. But I am on break and have to finish debugging a program before night falls.


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