Toward a Proutist Policy on Criminal Justice

A NEW APPROACH – How to begin to move toward a different philosophy? And what policies might a Proutist approach to criminal justice embrace? Other countries have strikingly different approaches than the U.S. when it comes to the treatment of prisoners and success in rehabilitation. Germany and the Netherlands, for example, have significantly lower incarceration rates, according to the Vera Institute of Justice: “One of the biggest differences in German and Dutch prisons is the focus on ‘normalization’: making life in prison as similar as possible to life in the community. German and Dutch prison systems are organized around the ideas of resocialization and rehabilitation. The U.S. system is organized around incapacitation and retribution. Both countries rely heavily on fines or other community-based sentences, not prison sentences.”

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