Life at an open Prison. On the Norwegian prison island of Bastoy inmates can take a swim or go for a walk out of sight of the guards. Norwegians take a liberal view of the penal system.(Recidivist/Reoffend rate is the percentage of released prisoners that, one way or the other, get tossed back into prison)
No walls, no barbed wire and no guards. The prison island of Bastoy in the fjord of Olso is more like a holiday camp than a prison.
A prison where murderers and rapists roam free on the island, with no walls or bars. Their recidivist rate? 10%
When the weather is nice the inmates go for a walk by the sea or swim in it. They live in the same building but each one of them can decorate his room as he wishes. The director places his emphasis on trust and humanity. The prisoners are required to take responsibility. Norwegians are proud of their liberal prison system. And the statistics seem to back up the approach. Only 10 percent of inmates go on to reoffend.
What's the recidivist rate for American prisons? It ranges from 70% in California, to about 50% for the rest of the nation.
As prison populations expand, costs to states are on the rise. Last year alone, states spent more than $49 billion on corrections, up from $11 billion 20 years before. However, the national recidivism rate remains virtually unchanged, with about half of released inmates returning to jail or prison within three years. And while violent criminals and other serious offenders account for some of the growth, many inmates are low-level offenders or people who have violated the terms of their probation or parole.Guess which nation has the largest number of prisoners?
As a result, states’ corrections costs have risen substantially. Twenty years ago, the states collectively spent $10.6 billion of their general funds—their primary discretionary dollars—on corrections. Last year, they spent more than $44 billion in general funds, a 315 percent jump, and more than $49 billion in total funds from all sources. Coupled with tightening state budgets, the greater prison expenditures may force states to make tough choices about where to spend their money. For example, Pew found that over the same 20-year period, inflation-adjusted general fund spending on corrections rose 127 percent while higher education expenditures rose just 21 percent.
"The "Land of the Free."
"The United States has 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. We rank first in the world in locking up our fellow citizens," said Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, which supports alternatives in the war on drugs.Except the lying, thieving, mass murdering fucks behind 9/11, like Bush, Cheney, Rumslfeld, Wolfowitz, etc. They retire to a live of luxury, living like Kings on some of that loot they helped steal for their 'Wars for Wall Street and Israel' crowd.
"We now imprison more people for drug law violations than all of western Europe, with a much larger population, incarcerates for all offences."
"We send more people to prison, for more different offences, for longer periods of time than anybody else," he said.
Just don't get caught growing a beneficial and helpful herb that has been and continues to be used for curing various medical problems, because the USSA will toss your sorry ass in prison.