Sweden is closing four prisons.
The issue isn’t lack of crime in Sweden—in fact, the crime rate has actually increased slightly there—but rather a strong emphasis on rehabilitating criminals, rather than locking them up. The prison population declined 6 percent between 2011 and 2012. In the United States, by comparison, federal facilities are 40 percent over capacity.
In other news, Hawaii is looking to build a new prison on O‘ahu.
Via Gizmodo »