25 Intriguing Statistics And Truths About Prisons And Prisoners

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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Norway's worst criminals go to an island prison where they are almost free to do as they wish. By international standards it is extremely minimum security but the prison has one of the lowest rates of re-offending in the world.

Norway's worst criminals go to an island prison where they are almost free to do as they wish. By international standards it is extremely minimum security but the prison has one of the lowest rates of re-offending in the worldSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
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In 1995, Robert Lee Brock sued himself from behind bars for letting himself get drunk and commit crimes, which led to his incarceration. His case was thrown out.

In 1995, Robert Lee Brock sued himself from behind bars for $, which led to his incarceration. His case was thrown outSource: legalzoom.com, Image: pixabay

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Although Alcatraz was one of the few US prisons with hot water showers, the only reason was to discourage inmates from trying to escape (the reasoning was that inmates used to hot showers would hate the cold water of the bay).

Although Alcatraz was one of the few US prisons with hot water showers, the only reason was to discourage inmates from trying to escape (the reasoning was that inmates used to hot showers would hate the cold water bay)Source: wired.com, Image: wikipedia
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A prisoner at Baltimore City Detention Center got four female guards pregnant and made nearly $20,000 off of smuggled goods.

A prisoner at Baltimore City Detention Center got four female guards pregnant and made nearly $20,000 off of smuggled goodsSource: npr, Image: wikipedia

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In Japan, prisoners on death row are not notified of their impending death until only a few hours before. Their families are only notified afterwards.

In Japan, prisoners on death row are not notified of their impending death until only a few hours before. Their families are only notified afterwards.Source: thewire.com, Image: wikipedia


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