Hello, and welcome to my blog, Global Prisons! My name is Drew, and I am running this blog as part of my Capstone Project for my class, Prison Nation. In the class, we are learning about the criminal justice system of the United States, and the various problems associated with it. One thing from the class that really struck me is that despite containing only 5% of the world’s population, the United States houses over 20% of the world’s prisoners.
This tells me that the U.S. must be doing something vastly different from the rest of the world, and as an International Studies major, I want to examine what that is. That is where this blog comes in. In each post, I will highlight the criminal justice system of a different country. Specifically, I want to look at how the system interacts with prisoners, from before they’re even arrested to when they’re actually in prison. Then, I’ll compare the systems to the U.S. system, identify some of their advantages and disadvantages, and see what the U.S. can learn from them. I believe that the U.S. criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform, and that by examining the criminal justice systems of other countries, we can see what some of those reforms may look like.