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In the end, 2015 saw no ‘war on cops’ and no ‘national crime wave’

In the end, 2015 saw no ‘war on cops’ and no ‘national crime wave’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Despite claims to the contrary, 2015 will have been a historically safe year in the United States -- for cops and for everyone else.
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Maybe we're being hyped by those who want to sell police and scared citizens more weapons and equipment and by the incarceration industry. Maybe, just maybe, the American people are being lied to by irresponsible politicians and certain false news reporters. Could that be?

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A growing experience: Prison gardens transform inmates who tend to them

A growing experience: Prison gardens transform inmates who tend to them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gardening returns to prisons in an attempt to reform society’s worst by teaching them how things bloom.
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While the selection process may bias the outcome—better behaved convicts are generally less likely to re-offend—there is no doubt that these programs are producing results not only in terms of food but also in terms of lower recidivism rates. There is dignity in work and sensitivity in working with nature. The biggest problems with prison labor have always been abuse (the chain gang approach), competition with workers (how to keep employment in the community from suffering when prison labor is cheaper), and transferable skills (how to have job possibilities for the released). These programs are definitely a step forward.

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Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn - The Local

Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn - The Local | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An inmate at Norway's Halden prison hacked the TV system so he could share pornographic films and secret messages with fellow prisoners.
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While I can understand the need to control inter-prisoner communication in a high security prison, but perhaps making porn available as a reward for good behavior would make sense. It seems to me that would be privilege that many prisoners would value enough to control themselves. Indeed for many it might also give them a way to lower the tension that leads to acting out.

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The Norwegian prison where inmates are treated like people

The Norwegian prison where inmates are treated like people | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On Bastoy prison island in Norway, the prisoners, some of whom are murderers and rapists, live in conditions that critics brand 'cushy' and 'luxurious'. Yet it has by far the lowest reoffending rate in Europe.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

There is one other point to keep in mind, the homogeneity of the population of Norway. I'm not sure that this same approach would work as well in a more diverse population like the U.S.,at least not with some retooling. However, helping criminals to find their self worth has to be better than telling them that they are animals.

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