An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old cliche goes.
Criminals released from prison in the US are angrier than when they return, and angry people commit crimes.Taking this a little further, we also need better systems in place to assist those who were in jail upon release. Criminals leave prison unable to get a job due to the stain on their record, and they are no further along in their education as they were before they were incarcerated. We need to set them up to contribute to society after serving their sentence.
All of that.There's also the fact that we have a lot of people in prison who probably shouldn't be in the first place, but that's a whole other mess.
I see what this argument is saying but I just can't justify giving a child molester a comfortable bed and fully-paid education. There needs to be some kind of deterrent to not end up in jail again, and maybe the fear of going back to an unpleasant place (rather than a hotel like they have in Norway) can do that.
This is a tough one. Will it really be effective to offer tons of resources to people who do not want to change? I know many of the inmates would want a better, crime-free life after being incarcerated, but what about those who don't? That being said, Norway has produced better results so maybe they are on to something. I would like to know if there is a big difference between the types of crimes people are incarcerated for in Norway versus the US.
A man murdered 77 children, he was then given a sentence of 21 years in a comfortable, 4 star hotel of a room. This is not justice.