Rehabilitation Not Retribution
Today’s focus: Leadership. 60 Minutes did a story on how we lead the efforts of our prison system compared to Germany’s system. They lean toward rehabilitation not retribution.
After 30 years of being Tough on Crime in the U.S., no other nation incarcerates more of its citizens than we do. We have five percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. The cost of housing all those inmates: $80 billion a year.
In Germany the pinnacle objective of the prison system is rehabilitation, not retribution. Their approach is geared more toward, humanity and second chances……..and it has solid ROI. Germany spends less money on prisons and gets better results. Their recidivism rate is about half the U.S. rate.
Their primary approach is not showing power but calming situations down with composure and rational communication. Life inside German prisons also mimics the outside as much as possible making reintegration into society easier.
We need to challenge ourselves to evolve our leadership.
Rethink command control, offer opportunities for a second chance and make punishment a secondary consideration.
If you treat people like criminals, you get criminals. You always, always reap what you sew.
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