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October 31, 2013
"Sentencing and Prison Practices in Germany and the Netherlands: Implications for the United States"
The title of this post is the title of a notable new report from The Vera Institute of Justice available at this link. Here is a synopsis of the report's coverage via the Vera website:
Germany and the Netherlands have significantly lower incarceration rates than the United States and make much greater use of non-custodial penalties, particularly for nonviolent crimes. In addition, conditions and practices within correctional facilities in these countries — grounded in the principle of “normalization” whereby life in prison is to resemble as much as possible life in the community — also differ markedly from the U.S.
In February 2013 — as part of the European-American Prison Project funded by the California-based Prison Law Office and managed by Vera — delegations of corrections and justice system leaders from Colorado, Georgia, and Pennsylvania together visited Germany and the Netherlands to tour prison facilities, speak with corrections officials and researchers, and interact with inmates. Although variations in the definitions of crimes, specific punishments, and recidivism limit the availability of comparable justice statistics, this report describes the considerably different approaches to sentencing and corrections these leaders observed in Europe and the impact this exposure has had (and continues to have) on the policy debate and practices in their home states. It also explores some of the project’s practical implications for reform efforts throughout the United States to reduce incarceration and improve conditions of confinement while maintaining public safety.
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Anyone ever visit Germany, even for a few days? Everyone you meet, everywhere you go, you get criticized and told how to do things better, in one's own English. They run a tighter ship than the KGB, and have zero tolerance for any deviation from the rules. As to their oppositions to the death penalty. Funny. Over there they call it, suicide. The Baader Meinhoff gang all died at their own hands, in high security prison, and within hours of each other. Sure.
Anyone marry a wife of German origin, generations removed from the Fatherland? She will work like horse. She is stoic in the face of death of even loved ones.
Now spill something on the floor. Age and arthritis be damned, she dives after it, and will go ballistic, coming close to having to get tied up, foaming at the mouth, in an uncontrollable rage. Does anyone want to live in a nation with that culture, surrounded by people like that?
We are British here, in US jurisprudence (Thank you, God, and I am an atheist), although American culture is very German. Germans are the number one ethnic group, bigger than Hispanics. Take your German examples and sell them to the Marines. Verzieh diech! Nazi Germany is still covered by only a single inch of European veneer.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 31, 2013 10:00:16 PM