There’s no universal rule that says prisons have to be horrible facilities. Some prisons place their focus squarely on rehabilitation, because the majority of inmates will re-enter the world sooner or later. And there’s a variety of ways to do this, as you’ll see in a roundup of innovative prisons from all over the world. Some them are even in the US.
Located in West Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania, The Mahanoy State Correctional Institution is a medium-security, all male facility. Inside, the nonviolent offenders enjoy every amenity from outdoor football fields to lounge furniture in common areas. Offenders have the opportunity to work in the correction industries program which is a distribution center for commissary items. Other jobs include road crew to collect garbage along the interstate. Inmates can also participate in apprenticeship programs which teach them new marketable skills such as electrical wiring, masonry, culinary, carpentry and painting.
While the facilities may be pretty nice, the inmates are still prisoners, and you won’t find anyone going to these places voluntarily. Some of these rehabilitation programs have research showing that convicts with better accommodations have a lower recidivism rate. See all ten prisons at Money Inc.