January 30, 2013

Prison Can Teach Some to Be Better Criminals

Shankar Vedantam, NPR


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In popular lore — movies, books and blogs — criminals who go to prison don't come out reformed. They come out worse.

Scientists who have attempted to empirically analyze this theory have reached mixed conclusions, with analyses suggesting that activities like drug addiction or gangs are what determines whether the correctional system actually gets criminals to correct their ways.

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