Recidivism Rate In Norway – The United States can’t emulate Norway very well, but there are a lot of things to do in an effort to lower recidivism and crime rates. A better social safety net is one, but ending the War on Drugs is perhaps the most important. Decriminalization has led to a decrease in drug abuse by fifty percent in Portugal.
Here are some statistics that you might find interesting.
– Norway Has Some Of The Lowest Murder Rates In The World: In 2009, Norway had .6 intentional homicides per 100,000 people. In the same year, the United States had 5 murders per 100,000 people, meaning that the U.S. proportionally has 8 times as many homicides.
– Norwayâ€™s Incarceration Rate Is A Fraction Of That Of The United States: 71 out of every 100,000 Norwegian citizens is incarcerated. In the United States, 743 out of every 100,000 citizens was incarcerated in 2009. The U.S. has the worldâ€™s highest incarceration rate.
– Norwayâ€™s Prisoner Recidivism Rate Is Much Lower Than The United Statesâ€™:The recidivism rate for prisoners in Norway is around 20 percent. Meanwhile, itâ€™s estimated that 67 percent of Americaâ€™s prisoners are re-arrested and 52 percent are re-incarcerated.
Treating drug addicts like medical patients rather than criminals is not only more humane, but more effective and cheaper. Maybe we should broaden that logic to include treating prisoners as humanely as possible as well. Beyond this, a lot of demographic and cultural realities will prevent America from probably ever being as safe as Norway.