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This paper explores the advantages of the German correctional system and the changes that could be made to the current American system to improve its efficiency. Several different comparison studies as well as statistics obtained from credible online sources aid in highlighting the advantages of three key components of the German penal system which make it more successful in crime inhibition and recidivism prevention than the current American counterpart. Reintegration and rehabilitation as the primary aspect in a judge’s choice of verdict are discussed first, following the availability and condition of programs existing in prison for offenders that have been sentenced to incarceration, as well as the ongoing care and help available for parolees and offenders sentenced to alternate disciplinary methods such as community service or house arrest. The paper concludes with suggestions on how to implement the discussed advantages in the quickest and most undisruptive way into the American system and discovers how recidivism rates could plummet as a result.