Germany: Low Crime, Clean Prisons, Lessons for America | Jeff Rosen | TEDxMountainViewHighSchool
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Germany: Low Crime, Clean Prisons, Lessons for America | Jeff Rosen | TEDxMountainViewHighSchool

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Germany has a much lower crime rate and fewer people in prison than the United States. How does Germany do that? Is it because their prisons are different … .

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19 thoughts on “Germany: Low Crime, Clean Prisons, Lessons for America | Jeff Rosen | TEDxMountainViewHighSchool

  1. Mate, nice talk but I really don't think you needed to explain what 'low incarcerations' means. I think everyone knows what that means, especially people that go to things like a Ted Talk.

  2. Why steal a car when the majority of people can afford to buy a car? Why get involved in drug crime? like the majority of Germans I have to get up early in the morning to go to work and when I come home, I don't really feel like going out shooting people, haven't really got the time for it anyway. Crime is the result of social problems ….. If you've got a very high crime rate in your country then maybe you need to concentrate on understanding human nature instead of sending people to the moon. Changing the prison systems isn't going to achieve anything. If you calculate how much money the country wastes on dealing with crime and the results of social problems and how much misery and wasted peoples lives it costs …. it doesn't have to be that way.

  3. 20:30 Woah, your telling me that when you put someone in a more comfortable and normal environment they behave better than those put in an abnormal and highly disagreeable environment, that would be considered advanced psychology in our prison system.

  4. Spent a few years in West Germany in the 1980's. Amazed by their culture of orderliness and obligation to the State(or at least to their neighbors). I've rarely seen anything close to that in America. IMO America is a country of selfishness and is incapable of transitioning to a society resembling Germany.

  5. Another thing that has been correlated with a decrease in violent crimes is the removal of lead/blei from the gasoline/petrol/benzin. Less brain damage, less violent crimes.

  6. Lots of America bashing on here. Remember, America rebuilt Germany after World War II. Germany exists as it does today BECAUSE of American generosity. We could have just let the Russians run all of Germany. Your German 'we're better than you' attitude got your asses kicked twice in the 20th century. Try a little humility in the 21st. You're welcome. Yes, America is going through some difficult times now. Given all that we've done for you it would be nice to know that, instead of throwing us under the bus, you'd try to help us or at least be a little understanding.

  7. America's population in 2012 was 312,780,968 with an incarceration rate of 707 people for 100,000 people. Taken separately each of the 9 countries on his chart show much lower incarceration rates. However, taken collectively you get a different picture. The total 2012 populations of those 9 countries added together is 313,075,338 – larger than the U.S. And if you add up the individual incarceration rates for each country you get a total of 858 people incarcerated which is 858 – 707 = 151 people higher than the U.S. with basically identical populations. The skewed numbers shown on his chart show America as having an outlandish incarceration rate because you are comparing a massive population to the relatively small total populations of each of the 9 countries separately (Here are the 2012 total populations for each of those 9 countries – UK: 63,700,000; BELGIUM: 11,025,948; ITALY: 59,394,207; FRANCE: 65,600,350; AUSTRIA: 8,429,991; NETHERLANDS: 16,779,575; GERMANY: 80,523,746; DENMARK: 5,602,628; SWEDEN: 9,555,893) TOTAL OF ALL 9 COUNTRIES: 313,075,338 with a collective incarceration rate of 858 per 100,000 people / U.S.: 312,780,968 with an incarceration rate of 707 per 100,000 people. U.S.'s incarceration rate is actually lower than those 9 countries when you combine their populations to a comparable size of the U.S.'s population.

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