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Norway's Luxurious Prisons

Brilliant or Baffling: Norway's Luxurious Prisons

Norway's prisons seem like holiday resorts, and it's clear that a lot of money is being spent on them.

In the second largest prison in Norway, the Halden Prison, inmates are treated to a flat-screen TV in their individual cells, and up to 10 to 12 cells share a kitchen and a living room. There are also rock climbing walls, a recording studio, and an official high school within Halden. About $1 million was spent on artwork and light installations to make it a welcoming environment for the prisoners.

The idea behind these hefty expenditures is that prisoners should be treated as people, and the more humanely you treat them, the less likely they are to commit similar crimes again. Perhaps it's working — Norway's recidivism rate is 20 percent compared to America's rate of 60 percent. What do you think: is this a brilliant or baffling idea?

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dashsuede dashsuede 5 years
I would go to jail on purpose. Not even kidding.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I do believe that prison conditions are horrible and often groom people to continue a criminal life. But this seems a bit extreme. It shouldn't be like staying in some sort of spa. I do wish more people actually knew what it was like in there, and to have more compassion in general. Yes, there are innocent people in jail, too.
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