Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Prisons..

Last week I went to Oslo and visited several prisons together with Keith Strandberg (www.keithstrandberg.com) who is a senior editor of Corrections Forum, a US prison magazine. It was a very interesting visit coordinated by the Norwegian justice Department. Amongst the prisons we visited were Halden Prison and Bastoy prison. Norway practises a philosophy of education in order to improve the chances of people not recommitting crimes, a philosophy that proves to work pretty well when reading the statistics..
Keith Strandberg talking to the Prison Director studying the plan of Halden Prison
High Security cell
Prisoner music studio
The wall
Vegetation is used to create a nice atmosphere
Prisoners can have family staying over for weekends. Particularly families living far away uses this possibility
The entrance of the prison
Bastoy prison is a farm like facility on an island in the Oslo fjord
The prison has got no walls and public access via a ferry
High court in Oslo

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