Originally Posted by uhurit
Yeah... its obvious the punitive factor is insignificant compared to the US....but is there any evidence that Swedish prisons actually "rehabiliate"?
Even if it did, I'm not sure it would be persuasive evidence that the same accomodations for US prisoners would "rehabilitate" our prisoners. The people are just different-based on social morays, ethics, norms, cultural background and environment.
Where I am at, the prisoners would laugh at this shit, serve their time with credits from 4019 PC time, 2931, 2933, et al, get out and commit more crime. Prisons just seem to be a "university level" facility for criminals-it makes prisoners tough-real tough and educates them on how to successfully complete more crimes. Plus it gives them "street cred," which garners respect from peers. Thus, more incentive to commit crime and or go back to prison. Rehabilitation isn't working in my jurisdiction-it is just a term to make people feel "good" about the system.
So, what's the answer? I have no idea-I don't think anyone really knows. One things for sure, if I had to go to prison, I would much rather go to sweden!