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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Some private prisons have realized that giving inmates TVs is a cheaper way to keep them calm than hiring more guards.

Some private prisons have realized that giving inmates TVs is a cheaper way to keep them calm than hiring more guardsSource: filmsforaction.org, Image: sketchport.com
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When psychologist Timothy Leary was sent to prison in 1970 he took a psychological test that was used to assign prisoners to different work details. Since he had actually designed the test, he passed it in such a way that he would be assigned to a minimum security prison from which he eventually escaped.

When psychologist Timothy Leary was sent to prison in 1970 he took a psychological test that was used to assign prisoners to different work details. Since he had actually designed the test, he passed it in such a way that he would be assigned to a minimum security prison from which he eventually escapedSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

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Ronnie Lee Gardner (executed in 2010) once broke the glass of the visitation room, knocked out the lights, and had intercourse with a female visitor. Other inmates cheered him on and blockaded the doors.

Ronnie Lee Gardner (executed in 2010) once broke the glass of the visitation room, knocked out the lights, and had intercourse with a female visitor. Other inmates cheered him on and blockaded the doorsSource: wikipedia, Image: murderpedia
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An inmate in California once managed to smuggle three jumbo binder rings and two boxes of staples in his rectum. It earned him the nickname of OD (Office Depot).

An inmate in California once managed to smuggle 3 jumbo binder rings and two boxes of staples in his rectum. It earned him the nickname of OD (Office Depot)Source: nytimes, Image: wikipedia

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In 2010, two inmates simply walked out of a jail in Wisconsin using falsified release records. They were caught several days later.

In 2010, two inmates simply walked out of a jail in Wisconsin using fail release records. They were caught several days laterSource: jsonline.com, Image: pixabay

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