How do you reform prisoners?

Most countries use prisons for punishment. Inmates are taken away from society. They are excluded from their families and their jobs.

But according to the World Economic Forum, the world’s most effective prisons don’t aim to inflict punishment. Instead, they help prisoners move on from a life of crime instead.

In Norway, the aim of prisons is to make inmates better neighbors when they leave. Prisoners can wear their own clothes and even cook their own meals. They even build friendships with their guards.

As a result, only one in five inmates return to prison after they are released.

In Brazil, they have a jail where prisoners are given the keys to their cells. They are required to study, work and pursue a hobby every day.

The result – 20% of inmates reoffend compared to 70% of those in mainstream prisons.

More than 10 million people around the world are behind bars. Should the same rehabilitation be given to them?


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