Above: American prisons. Below: Swedish prison

While America’s prisons are overcrowded, Sweden is shutting them down

While the land of the free is spending more on criminals and locking more people up than ever, Sweden is eliminating prisons and minimizing its prison population. The Swedes were able to close four prisons when its inmate population dropped 6% between 2011 and 2012.

Here’s how they did it.

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