The German prison program that inspired Connecticut

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A prison in Connecticut is taking cues from Germany, where inmates do yoga and have keys to their cells. "60 Minutes" reported on it in 2016. Subscribe to the "60 Minutes" Channel HERE: Watch Full Episodes of "60 Minutes" HERE: Get more "60 Minutes" from "60 Minutes: Overtime" HERE: Relive past episodies and interviews with "60 Rewind" HERE: Follow "60 Minutes" on Instagram HERE: Like "60 Minutes" on Facebook HERE: Follow "60 Minutes" on Twitter HERE: Follow "60 Minutes" on Google+ HERE: Get unlimited ad-free viewing of the latest stories plus access to classic 60 Minutes archives, 60 Overtime, and exclusive extras. Subscribe to 60 Minutes All Access HERE: Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! --- "60 Minutes," the most successful television broadcast in history. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast began in 1968 and is still a hit, over 50 seasons later, regularly making Nielsen's Top 10. "60 Minutes" has won more Emmy Awards than any other primetime broadcast, including a special Lifetime Achievement Emmy. It has also won every major broadcast journalism award over its tenure, including 24 Peabody and 18 DuPont Columbia University awards for excellence in television broadcasting. Other distinguished awards won multiple times include the George Polk, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow, Investigative Reporters and Editors, RFK Journalism, Sigma Delta Chi and Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Reporting. "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS Sept. 24, 1968. The correspondents and contributors of "60 Minutes" are Bill Whitaker, Steve Kroft, Scott Pelley, Lesley Stahl, Anderson Cooper, Sharyn Alfonsi, Jon Wertheim and Norah O'Donnell. "60 Minutes" airs Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.


BecomingfreeCOUK : The German system has a high incentive to rehabilitate because the prisons are paid for by the taxpayers. In the US prisons are also paid for by the taxpayers, but they're run by private companies, so the incentive is simply to have more prisoners. More prisoners = more profits. Hence the corruption and the high incarceration rate.

Daxter : Crazy in Germany we think that the Skandinavians have the best prisons. They really try to rehabilitate the inmates.

Morris : US is 5% of the world and has 25% of jails. Treat people like animals and you get animals. A Better Way

Kalle-Aleksi Vainionpää : Unlike the US, Germany doesn't think of prisoners as free labor slaves.

Lobix der Zweite : When I feel down about living in Germany I like to watch american documentarys obsessing about everyday things for me

notthere83 : Can't remember where the quote is from but I recall something like "You can tell how civilized a society is by looking at how they treat their problematic individuals - prisons and mental institutions."

Lotus Stein : American dream. It's called dream because u have to be asleep to believe it. It will never change, it's just about the money.

tsfcancerman : They do the same in sweden, norway, denmark

Ruby Abc : Proud of my country!😊🇩🇪❤️

Sougaiki76 : Germany has 60000 inmates to 82m inhabitants. Thats 0.73 per Thousand. The U.S. has 6,72 per Thousand for 2.2m overall. When you would raise germany to the same population the U.S. has, it would be 240k inmates and by factor 10 smaller. Something is really wrong in the U.S.. Its more like a profitable industry. It will be extremly difficult to get rid of it. I guess there are hundred of thousands jobs to lose. A other factor is prolly cheap labour. Those inmates work for cheap for all kind of companies. A crazy number is that 7-8m people in the U.S. are under supervison and probation....

30192 : Americans will never have a working justice system because of their ideology in regards to jail . They focus on punishment rather than correction and reintegration

Peter Hornik : 12:25 Well it's technically not prison. He already did his sentence, but psychologists deem him very dangerous, so now he is locked up for crimes he didn't do. This difference is important, and the living conditions should be different from prison.

F_ : Keeping able bodied men 23h in a cell... and wondering about problems? There's really nothing that's not fundamentally wrong in the American prison system, is there?

Fluppi : 2:37 Wrong question. The real question is: What would the inmate do if he didn't have a future for himself? Is that too hard to answer? Do you really think with no future the inmate would try to obey the law in future? Of course not. You can't make any human fear a prison enough to make him not commit any crimes despite having no future.

Eh, An old account : The fact that a German prison cell is referred to as being equal to an Ivy league dorm shows how bad the infrastructure crisis really is..

Badia : Phantastic! Very good story... I'm from Germany and I am a 100% behind our mindset about this

Mastakilla91 : Americans indoctrinated themselves into being tough in every aspect of life. You are tough on your criminals, you are tough on your regular citizens (no healthcare + absurd minimal wages/minimal living conditions), your police is tough, your gangs are tough, your army is tough, your presidents have tough speech, your corporate influence is tough and strong. But when everything is tough, what place is left for goodhearts and a relaxed life?

oSJme : Feels so good to see US look left and right. Many countries only look at their own way and think it's the only right thing to do. Learn from your neighbours, improve your country.

DailyLGS : "We're being SMART on crime... and that happens to mean more lenient"... Perfectly said.

David Handley : The American system is all about revenge, not rehabilitation. That’s why the death penalty is still so popular. Revenge. It doesn’t work.

Alexander Weixelbaumer : Prisoners in the USA don't know what to do when their released. No job, don't know how to behave in normal daily life, etc. The system is designed to not give them a proper perspective and to resentence them as soon as possible.

Meme Brother : They don't have the prison gang issue we have in the states though. I do think we should implement rehabilitation for minimum security prisons in this style though. Good luck implementing this in maximum security prisons with massive gang issues.

XWurstbrotX : Still everybody is afraid to go to prison because your life will be ruined if you go there once. You will never find a decent job again. It's more like a death sentence for career, relationship and time.

Brian D : Of course liberals love this but I can hear the folks over at Fox news going on and on and on about how prison needs to be a torture chamber.

Herobrine : 2:38 Should he? He Should! He Should? He Should!

Default Name : This prison looks even cleaner and is more mordenized than my apartment, and i do live in Germany.

Fabian Lieret : The interesting thing is that it is legal to break out but you can only be prosecuted for the damages incurred because freedom is a human need

Alles Gut : If you treat humans like mosnter,,, they´ll become monster and if you have to let them free at a later date... good luck with them in freedom. you build the crime inside your prisonsystem ...

L3P3 : GREAT production! Objective, honest, outcome-oriented. Thanks a lot from Germany!

Nicholas Wulf : If you have done something really bad and you know you have but are still treated nicely, you will feel too ashamed of yourself to do the same bad things again

froZen eXe : Yay, Deutschland! :P

AnDyCrit : German prisons literally looks better than german student dormitory...

Chris Ulmer : I spent 36 months in prison with the feds for white collar fraud. That was a decade ago and since then I have very firmly established myself as a productive member of society who has never committed another crime. I can say that, without question, our criminal justice system and our culture does absolutely nothing to rehabilitate anyone. Our system and our people do not get any credit whatsoever for a formerly incarcerated person turning their life around. Those who get rehabilitated do it in spite of all that. If someone picks themselves back up after prison, ONLY that person (and perhaps that persons inner circle of friends and family) get the credit. The bottom line is our system of justice is a dramatic failure. We are effectively running crime factories in this country and all citizens are shareholders in these factories. The USA has some of the highest rates of crime, particularly violent crime in the entire world because of the incredibly immature way that our society chooses to deal with this issue and the people who do wrong. People need to be held accountable for running afoul of the law but what we are doing is insane and creates much worse problems.

Attack Helicopter ́ : Funyn fact, for breaking out of prison there is no more jail time in germany, cause the right of personal freedom is in our base law. But if you break any laws on your way to do so, you get jailed for. ^^

Harry Weasley : Is there a way to watch the whole 60 minutes episode? Best regards

MS WHATUP : If we can’t treat non offenders in Flint clean water we can’t get prisoners clean water But I want too 😢

Maximilian Sauer : "This would be a nice dorm room." how sad is that??

Terri Mcwilliams : When you put low level criminals in jail they are with the worst of the worst. In the USA they use way too much force. It just isn't right

Tim Gurke : Don´t think that all german prisons look like this, and there is yoga for everyone. We have the same problems like other states. No one want´s to work in corrections, or better, there are no suitable candidates. Understaffed all the time, accompanied with this less time for the "needs" of the inmates. And, more and more psychologically ill people who cost you a lot of time. The politicians "economized" the public service in the past. So every authority has problems, to do their job.

what the flying fuck ... : /Quote: "Heidering is a prison as clean as the google campus." /Endquote OR Google campus is as dirty as german prisons.

Mage/exe 1 : It'S the wild western U.S. everyone can buy guns without even a licence for that - So what do you expect?! I guess potential crimers aren't aware of the bad circumstances in U.S. prisons.

Names : 12:20 I think the point of prison is to protect us from these people and not dread them like human garbage, after all I think they just are mentally ill. So just look the crazy ones up until they die and treat them somehow human.

Phoenix Wright : in for "large scale cocaine trafficking and gun possesion" - 7 year sentence Wouldn't he have gotten like 25 years for that in the US?

InnerSight : This is great step for civilized humanity.

Das Salz : What you have in the US is that prosecution and punishment is led by the public. And while there is a noble thought behind it, fact is, the public really doesnt understand things like why somebody becomes a murderer and what to make out of a murderer after he got sentenced. The mob wants retribution while the reasonable thing to do is rehabilitation. Not to say that it is easy, but you know what Kennedy said.

Mat S : The "war on drugs" plays a heavy role in this...

Jenna Wantspeace : Maybe the criminals characters in DE are different from those in the US.

IchBinsTylerReed : What the americans are doing wrong is you cant beat fire with fire. If you feed a hateful person with hate they are only going to get worse. i understand this system and i fully respect it.

Michael : That wouldn't work in any country that isn't a strong social democracy. People who commit crimes in strongly social democratic countries are far more likely to be the type of person who just had a very bad rough patch in life for whatever reason. People in countries like America, England, Canada etc, commit crimes because it's hard to make a living. When it's hard to make a living, people are going to continue commiting crime to survive. Especially because almost nobody will hire you anymore because you have a criminal record. The issue is too complex and complicated, the law is supposed to represent the majority population in order to keep people feeling safe/good about how society is delt with. In other words, in social democratic societies, people tend to view the rehabilitation of prisoner's as a good idea that is practical. Which is most likely because they see success in doing so a plausible reality because it's not that hard to make a living in those kind of societies. So in America, Canada, England etc, the problem at large is that society does not have faith in rehabilitation. People by in large in those countries likely think that people in those countries who commit crimes are unfortunates who are not cut out for this world. However, it is also proven that its easy to have a sudden mental break down for various reasons such as many celebrities have had. However, if you look at the celebrities that had became broke vs the ones who were not broke, you start to realize those are the ones who ended up commiting some kind of crime after they mentally broke down. So in my opinion, they need to investigate further into first time offenders and figure out how they can rightfully give more first time offenders a second chance at having a clean record. I mean, if we don't try harder to do that, we're going to soon face a large population of society that can't get a job just because they committed a crime before.