Prison isn’t a fun place. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Unless you’re in Norway or some other Scandinavian country that is. In these places it may seem to you as though prisoners are treated like royalty. They get TVs, they can wander around freely, they have their own time table. In Greenland, they can even go hunting! But did you know that Scandinavia also has the lowest level of repeat offenders out of any other region in the world? Why is that? It’s because instead of focusing on punishment and then releasing prisoners back into society when they have “served their time” with no way of reintegrating, the Scandinavian countries focus almost exclusively on rehabilitation. They make the prisoners want to be a productive member of society. They make them feel like they are getting a second chance and that they need to work hard to earn it. And this method has shown to have significantly better results than what many nations have tried throughout history – to punish and to shame. But this isn’t the only interesting thing you are going to read about today. Get ready because this is 25 intriguing statistics and truths about prisons and prisoners.
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