A topic that I've been interested in off and on came up again today and I figured I'd put it out there to hear what you all had to say about it. It's my feeling that countries like the USA have it all wrong with their privatized prisons and high incarceration rates. I live in Canada and we too often talk about getting tough on crime, increasing lengths of sentencing and taking away prisoner 'comforts'. It's my feeling that other more progressive countries have made some very positive progress in prison reform, have lowered incarceration rates, have increased the humanness of prisons, reduced recidivism rates and actually rehabilitaded more people by doing so. They've also saved more money, made communities safer and addressed a serious issue facing humanity.
Here's an article that has a bit to say about the issue but there are many more that focus more on countries that have made positive progress in prison reform.