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Prisons are failing. Time to find an alternative.

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In recent years, the use of imprisonment as a response to crime and violence has risen steadily across the globe.

More than 10 million people around the world are currently behind bars. As our social systems are being reshaped by Globalization 4.0, it is time to consider whether our current approach to prison and punishment is keeping us safe.

Most criminal justice systems around the world are increasingly reliant on prisons. Globally, the number of prisoners has grown by almost 20% since the turn of the millennium and continues to rise.

The players involved in the prison industry include hedge funds, architects, utilities and construction companies, and a number of multinationals employing free or reduced-cost prison labour.https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/prisons-are-failing-time-for-alternative-sparkinside?fbclid=IwAR16dBMnCkTFeQmvrZMPNZN4dd0NRHEHJoh-IbLm2pPDYweaouZ8C7jAnyQ
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"But reoffending rates are lowest in prison facilities that minimise the focus on punishment: those that try to mirror life in the outside world." As stated in the article, focusing on punishment won't work. So it's time to try a different approach.
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What do you think is the best alternative that we can do?
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Prisons aren't failing, societies are.
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Prisons aren't failing, societies are.
The majority of crimes anywhere in the world are economic survival related, and in black and white it clearly shows that addressing economic challenges in our societies is the most obvious and effective solution.
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Prisons aren't failing, societies are.
Such a short one liner comment, but well said.
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Prisons systems that fail are a symptom of a failing society.
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The majority of crimes anywhere in the world are economic survival related, and in black and white it clearly shows that addressing economic challenges in our societies is the most obvious and effective solution.
Are they? Sure it's not a government thing?
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Are they? Sure it's not a government thing?
Not sure about the validity of your question, but either way it still boils down to societal failure whether the government does it intentionally or not as a key societal stakeholder.
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US prisons are not about rehabilitation. They're about incarceration at best, and profiting from crime at worst.
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US prisons are not about rehabilitation. They're about incarceration at best, and profiting from crime at worst.
That's right.
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Change the environment and behaviour changes too. That's true for prisons and that's true for the outside world too. Hard truth but there it is. No easy answers.
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