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What are the alternative philosophies to the punitive philosophy currently popular in the US correctional system? Is it feasible? 

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The punitive system that the United States uses in its prison system is actually one of the less effective and beneficial prison systems in the world. It focuses entirely on punishing and incarcerating criminals, intending to remove them from the streets and correct behavior by giving them negative reinforcement, punishing them for their behaviors.

A rehabilitative prison system is much more beneficial in the long run and has been used to great effect in Scandinavian nations for quite some time. This system focuses on rehabilitating the incarcerated person by teaching them marketable skills, giving them counseling, and encouraging positive activity. Rates of recidivism are significantly lower here than in America, and formerly incarcerated individuals typically reintegrate back into society with complete success.

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The current justice system in the US centers on the punishment of crimes through fines and imprisonment. Various alternatives to the current approach have been suggested and...

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