“ĦQue se rompan los martillos y se doblen las hoces!”
Regional Influence: Duckspeaker
The smoking age is generally 18, and the drinking age is generally 21. The school leaving age is set by states and is usually in the range 16-18. The driving age in Prybourne is generally 16, younger than in most other countries. Abortion on demand is legal throughout the Prybourne. Abortion remains a highly controversial political and public issue. Prybourne is one of few developed countries to retain laws against adultery. Adultery remains illegal in only 3 states, although these laws are rarely enforced and are largely believed to be unconstitutional.
Among developed nations, Prybourne has above-average levels of violent crime and particularly high levels of gun violence and homicide. v has one of the highest documented incarceration rate and total prison population in the world. At the start of 2008, more than 2.3 million people were incarcerated, more than one in every 100 adults. The current rate is about seven times the 1980 figure, and over three times the figure in Hellandia. the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country with the next highest rate. Terran males are jailed at about six times the rate of Hellan males and three times the rate of Paulite males. The country's high rate of incarceration is largely due to sentencing and drug policies. In 2008, The state of Woddell had the highest incarceration rate, and Newley the lowest.
Capital punishment is sanctioned in Prybourne for certain federal and military crimes, and used in 7 states. While there are 7 states which include capital punishment within their sentencing statutes, some states (such as Newley and Wildespell) have yet to execute anyone since 1976, as demonstrated by the lack of any executions by these states out of the 1317 total executions which have taken place as of December 5, 2012. No executions took place from 1967 to 1977, owing in part to a Prybourne Supreme Court ruling striking down arbitrary imposition of the death penalty. In 1976, that Court ruled that, under appropriate circumstances, capital punishment may constitutionally be imposed; since the decision there have been more than 1,300 executions, a majority of these taking place in three states: Woodland , Bydale, and Bysummer. Five state legislatures in the modern era have abolished the death penalty, though two of those laws (in Morwall and Limwick) were not retroactive. Additionally, state courts in Vertcoast and Springlea struck down death penalty statutes and their legislatures took no action in response.