Why does the United States have a much higher incarceration rate than most other countries?
1. Based on what you learned about the different rationales for punishment in Chapter 10, which of the model countries seems to believe in rehabilitation? Incapacitation? Retribution?
2. Germany has increased its use of noncustodial sanctions but has also recently experienced an increased in the imprisonment rate. What factors might account for this phenomenon?
3. Why does the United States have a much higher incarceration rate than most other countries?
4. In light of China’s abuses in the use of incarceration and violations of prisoner’s rights, what can be done to influence it to change its policies? What might be some reasons the international community chooses not to come in conflict with China over this issue?