What Are The Differences Of Prison Systems In The Prison System

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There are many prison systems around the world, a couple of them being the United States and Denmark. After viewing Frontline, Prison State, and Denmark’s Prison Service, it shows the differences of the two prison systems of the United States and Denmark and the effects it can have on society. In Beecher Terrace, a housing project of Kentucky, these individuals are being punished for minor offences such as skipping school or drugs. Everyone of Beecher Terrace knows someone close to them that have been in prison, many that have been there multiple times. These people are in a low income community where the crime rate is high and can’t get the help they need such as social services and human services. One of the gentlemen in the video is in …show more content…
Denmark. In the United States many people leave prison with only the clothes on their backs. They have no money, food, job, or transportation, the prison system sets ex-prisoners up to fail once they are released because they receive no help to re-integrate back into society. But in Denmark they take great measures helping ex-prisoners back into society. They set them up with a place to live, help them find a job, or a grant to study, and all of this is done before they leave prison. They are given everything they need to function and be a contributing member of society. In Denmark they believe ex-prisoners need support once they leave prison so they don’t become …show more content…
In the United States, the relapse of criminal behavior after serving prison time is very high, one in six are in and out of prison. Again, because people are set up to fail once they are released, they have no money and an individual needs money to survive so many will resort to doing whatever they can to get it, which is usually a crime that will ultimately put them back in prison. Unlike the United States, recidivism rates are very low in Denmark, one in three reoffend in 2 years. In Denmark they make sure those leaving the prison system have all the tools needed to be successful, such as job, shelter, and education if they choose. Many that need therapy for varies reasons are able to receive the help they need, where in the United States many of these funds have been cut and more of the money is put into the prison systems. I believe if people can receive the help they need it can ultimately keep more people out of the prison systems. When examining both prison systems recidivism rates, Denmark appears more effective because their recidivism rates are lower and they have much less people in the prison

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