How Germany Does Prison
As a recent touring group of US officials found out, German inmates wear their own clothes, cook their own meals, and aren't put in solitary for more than eight hours at a time.
In Germany, where citizens actually compete with one another to work for prisons, some states require applicants to score over 100 on an IQ test to even qualify for the job.
In Neustrelitz Prison, administrators emphasize therapy and eschew the retributive impulse that has defined American justice for decades. Inmates even have rabbits and horses to look after.
The preventative detention unit at Tegel Prison in Berlin offers a radically different way to approach those felons Americans might call the "worst of the worst."
VICE and the Marshall Project are documenting a trip by US leaders to Germany in hopes that they have the credibility and clout to make changes to America's own mess of a prison system.