This is an excellent article from five years ago examining some of the differences between prisons in Europe and the United States.
The criminal justice system heavily relies on punishment and deterrence. However, the effectiveness of this is highly questionable.
Some European nations are focusing on rehabilitation and reintegration back into the community. Their crime and imprisonment rates are dramatically lower than those in the U.S.
States in the U.S. have taken notice and have started to examine European models more closely to see what can be implemented back at home.
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