America’s Prisoner Problem

Podcast: How to make prisons more humane

From: Future Perfect

Link: https://art19.com/shows/future-perfect/episodes/fe9c8162-75c4-4c9c-af22-2e1351c7ba64

Summary: Norway does a lot better reducing the amount of people who go back to prison after being released. They do it by treating prisoners like humans and trying to teach them how to integrate back into normal life.

My thoughts: Not a lot to say here. I’m of the opinion that we need to stop treating prisons as punishment and focus more on rehabilitation and reintegration. Our current system in the US is clearly not working. We should at least be trying various pilot programs in different areas and collecting data on how well they keep people from coming back to prison again and again.

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