Norway’s Prison Success

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 28 2011 @ 7:35am

JamesP pushes back against the emerging "Norway is too lenient" meme:

Norway's incarceration rate: 66 per 100,000 inhabitants. US incarceration rate: 738 per 100,000 inhabitants. Recidivism rate after prison in Norway: between 40 and 45 percent. In US, approximately 67 percent. (And the Norwegian figures were for life, I believe; the US ones are just for "within 3 years of release."