What The U.S. Can Learn From Prison Reform Efforts Throughout The World

Challenging the practices of the Catholic Church, Luther wrote his 95 Theses which became the touchpoint of the Protestant Reformation. This article details efforts to reform carceral systems throughout the world with an emphasis on their applicability to the United States' mass incarceration crisis.

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It should come as no surprise that with the worst incarceration rate in the world, the United States has a massive problem on its hands.

With roughly 716 of every 100,000 U.S. residents behind bars, the U.S. locks up nearly one-quarter of the entire world’s prison population. Worse yet, when American inmates are released, they are extremely likely to return. The most recent recidivism data for state prisoners, reported by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, shows 68 percent are back behind bars within three years. Read more...