I've always had a sneaking admiration for the American approach to incarceration. In Europe, there is a bias towards viewing incarceration as a last resort. There is a slightly tougher line in Britain which has a greater percentage of its population behind bars http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/06/uk_prisons_in_the_uk/html/1.stm Despite this, you see stories like this in the newspapers. When I hear that people who have been convicted of a crime are released early from prison because there is not enough jail space it pisses me off. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7319501.stm I always feel that if someone has been sent to prison they should stay there for their entire term. Now, in America, I always sort of liked the fact that if you have too many prisoners you build more prisons. However, when you see statistics like this... http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=35912 ....you start to wonder whether this is the solution. Damned if I know.