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Technology, Transportation, And Communication

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We all have an idea of what the future may look like. Hovercraft vehicles, space travel as seen in the Star Wars series, and task driven robots living alongside us. All seemingly exciting advancements, nevertheless this “future” we imagine is still many years away. But what if it that was not the case? What if your future was today? People do not often realize how much the world changes around them as they are living their daily lives, but others are not that fortunate. Technology, transportation, and communication have all made immense progressions in the last couple decades, and we are able to adapt along the way. The problem is, what if we were not able to learn these things as the times changed? For many American prisoners, today can…show more content…
Criminals are finding themselves trapped in the endless loop that is America’s prison system, a momentous change will need to occur if we ever want to break free from the cycle.
In the article The Norwegian Prison Where Inmates are Treated Like People the author, Erwin James presents the idea of another country 's prison system. Very different from the typical American view of the life of a convict, prisoners on this Norwegian island are treated with consideration and respect. Instead of being locked up like dogs, a small island called Bastoy offers convicts rehabilitation and a chance for a new start. Men accept one another and hold their position in society. By working and feeling what it is like to do their part in the community, prisoners are able to better fit into the world when they are released. Although locking people up and stripping them of their humanity may seem safer in the moment, it causing much for problems for everyone in the long run. Bastoy has proven itself successful with the lowest reoffending rate in all of Europe at just 16 percent (James). And while this system, of course, will not be effective on every convict, the select prisoners that go through this application and acceptance process would have a much better chance for restoration.
Critics of fear that this system, in fact, would not be capable of having
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