I have certainly seen the studies that have found that harsher prison conditions negatively impact recidivism, and I use them when discussing prisons with people who would like all prisons to be run by Sheriff Arpaio. However, I can also think of other ways for Norway to spend its money than on a three room suite for a mass murderer. There’s a balance somewhere in the middle.
Blog/Opinion: Making prison worse doesn’t reduce crime. It increases it.