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David Cameron Prison Reform Hints At Greater Rehabilitation, Mirroring These European Countries

08/02/2016 17:32 GMT | Updated 09/02/2016 10:59 GMT

David Cameron has committed to reform Britain's prison system by the end of the year.

In an address on Monday, the first by a prime minister to focus on incarceration in more than two decades, the Tory leader signaled an increased role for rehabilitation.

He said: "For those trying hard to turn themselves around, we should offer hope... we should help those who've made mistakes."

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Cameron spoke of prison reforms in central London on Monday

Countries in the Nordics and Scandinavia have a reputation for minimising the number of inmates, allied to low recidivism rates thanks to a focus on extensive rehabilitation and resocialisation.

In fact, the rates of incarcerated people per 100,000 citizens show that some European countries are vastly outperforming the UK, in some cases by more than half. Below is a snapshot of European imprisonment rates.

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Click here for a zoomable version of this infographic made for HuffPost UK by Statista

In particular, countries like Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands have significantly fewer people imprisoned - as a proportion of their general populations - than the UK.

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