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Old 05-17-2012, 10:51 PM
 
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This discussion is about incarceration. Not crime. Prisons in the US would be easier to manage if there were no gangs and cultural or racial issues....like the prison in Norway.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:21 PM
 
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One issue that US prisons have to deal with, that Norway probably does not have to deal with...is cultural diversity, and the climate of gangs, language issues, and the whole myriad of problems that occurs with trying to maintain a prison with a diverse population. Prisons would be much easier to manage, if everyone had the same cultural experiences...
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This discussion is about incarceration. Not crime. Prisons in the US would be easier to manage if there were no gangs and cultural or racial issues....like the prison in Norway.
I find this theory highly unlikely when you look at the origin or cultural belonging of the prisoners in each country.

In the US, a disproportionate number of the inmates are African-American, Source, making up over 40% of the inmates, and other ethnic groups making up the rest. In Norway, 40% of the inmates in closed facilities have foreign citizenships with 120 different countries represented. Source Considering the significant difference in cultural diversity in society at large, I'd argue that Norwegian prisons are comparatively more diverse than US prisons.

I find it far more likely that the difference is that treating people humanely and with a certain baseline of dignity is rewarded with better behavior. Treat someone like a dog, and they'll behave like one. Treat them like people and more often than not, they behave as such.
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