- Aaron Nielsen
- Cranberry Twp, PA
- United States
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Prison Reform: how can we make them more effective?
America's penal system is full of widely acknowledged, but seldom-debated flaws which impair their effectiveness as centers for the rehabilitation and punishment of criminals.
It is no secret that they are often over-crowded, unsanitary, short of guards, and plagued by abuses of power from the officials working there. They are expensive to operate. Most fundamentally, their value as deterrents to would-be criminals is questioned by many, as is their efficacy in 'rehabilitating' them, i.e. turning them into law-abiding citizens.
I've been thinking about this issue a lot lately, and I was just wondering what TED's opinion would be on the issue. In what ways can we improve our penal institutions so that they are cheaper, more efficient, and generally better at achieving their goal of rehabilitating criminals? Is this goal even feasible at all within the current mode of thinking? let me know what you guys think.