Prison Without Punishment

This article details Germany's standard of therapy-driven prisons and compares the German experience of incarceration to America's punishment-based model.

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Last year, Gregg Marcantel, the secretary of the New Mexico Corrections Department, voluntarily placed himself in solitary confinement for 48 hours. He was one of a rare few who could choose to do such a thing, and it was a very Gregg thing to do—dramatic, physically demanding, good for a story. Since taking the job a few years before, Marcantel had worked to reduce the number of prisoners held in their cells for 23 hours a day, and he wanted to better understand what these prisoners actually experienced. He told a reporter, “There are just things sometimes that you gotta feel, you gotta taste, and you gotta hear, and you gotta smell.” Read more...