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Norway's Controversial Prison Experiment

Christina Aphroditi

The prison system, worldwide, needs to be reformed. The reoccurring inmate statistic is unacceptable. We need to go back to the drawing board. In NY, I've noticed the issue of felons (who are released back into society), are more or less, left to fend for themselves. Psychologically treated like a piece of garbage, thrown to the side, how does one expect them to learn how to be a responsible citizen of their country and world. Perhaps they need better rehabilitation? What do you think?

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  • Hannah Wasserman

    I'm not sure about the saunas and cushy lifestyle, but I do think providing job training is helpful. When you get used to showing up somewhere on time and accomplishing tasks-- suddenly you have stuff to put on a resume. Giving people job skills inside of prison and providing jobs outside seems like the best solution to me.

    • Christina Aphroditi

      I agree to a certain extent. Some of the amenities in this prison are little too cushy but I think providing them with better housing, jobs, a routine, and education, could help motivate them. One of my biggest complaints is that many of these felons want to do better for themselves but realize that no one wants to hire them, due to their criminal record. The system seems so backwards when it comes to this. I think this is a major factor that influences them to go back to illegal activities. Give someone something they love to do, and see how quickly they become motivated in life.

      • Hannah Wasserman

        Exactly! I mean if no one is going to hire you when you get out... and say you are going back to a family and kids, then you're going to need to earn money some way. It's much easier to go back to old ways if you have no other options. I feel like GOOD has written about a program using gardening for former offenders, but I can't seem to find it. :/ Anyways, there needs to be more programs like it in the US