Astra Zoldnere
Zoldnere is a Latvian film director, curator and publicist.

Marc Morjé Howard’s book provides a shocking picture of America’s treatment of convicts through a detailed comparison of the European and American Prison systems.

Marc Morjé Howard’s Unusually Cruel is a detailed comparison between American and European prison systems. With a step-by-step analysis of the conviction process, prison circumstances, rehabilitation and re-entry into society, the book provides a shocking picture of the structural cruelty that American prisoners are subjected to. It also reveals a system that is not designed to reduce crime.

Welcome to Hell

The statistics say it all. There are many more people behind bars in the United States than in any other country in the world. While the US is home to five per cent of the world’s population, it houses nearly twenty-five per cent of its prisoners – seven to ten times more than European countries. The cause: that Americans have replaced courts with plea bargains – within this system the accused frequently claim to be guilty out of fear of getting even longer prison terms. Also, people are more likely to be sentenced to much longer prison terms than in Europe.

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