Saturday, November 19, 2011

Punishment Does Not Prevent Violence...

Crime rates in the United States are five to ten times higher than any of the other developed countries on the planet. Why is that?

Recidivism rates in U.S. prisons currently average around 65% within three years of release. Why is that?

Is it possible to achieve recidivism rates of less than one percent with release periods as long as 25 to 30 years? If such outcomes are possible why on Earth would we not adopt them?

Renowned violence expert James Gilligan in this very interesting series of short videos delves into these questions and unveils the surprising evidence that our current punitive mindset is actually at the very heart of the sicknesses we are seeing reflected around us.

Punishment Does Not Prevent Violence

No One is Hopeless

How Prison Worsens Violence

James Gilligan on Violence

On a related topic see Richard Wilkinson's presentation on the societal harm caused by economic inequality.

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