Nordic Prisons

Ryan Cooper writes, “Nordic sentences are rather light by American standards. Average non-life sentences for murder range from a bit under 10 years in Finland to almost 14 years in Norway. . . . By contrast, the average American murder sentence was 40 years as of 2016, and that year murder convicts had served an average of 15 years before being released. More important still, most Nordic prisons are incomprehensibly luxurious by American standards—more akin to a decently-appointed hotel, with all manner of education, worker training, and entertainment facilities.”


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