The Plush World of Norway's Halden Prison

Anders Behring Breivik could end up enjoying a number of perks

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 27, 2011 10:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – Should mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik go to prison, he could end up serving his time in a place that's less a dank hell-hole and more a plush heck-hole. Norway's prisons focus on rehabilitation, not punishment, and Halden Prison—the country's newest, most secure, and second-largest jail—comes across as a "posh sleepaway camp," reports Foreign Policy. It details Halden's amenities:

  • Lots of exercise opportunities, with personal trainers, a state-of-the-art gym, and climbing walls.
  • Music classes, and even a professional recording studio.
  • Common areas where prisoners and guards (who don't carry guns) can relax and interact.
  • No steel bars. In fact, the whole prison is designed to be less menacing, to "seem to have grown organically from the woodlands."
  • Private bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs in inmates' rooms.
Click to see photos of Halden.

Norway's Halden Prison has been called one of the most humane prisons in the world, with an emphasis on rehabilitation, not punishment.   (Linescrew1)
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Halden Prison has been called the most humane prison in the world, with plenty of amenities and emphasis on rehabilitation.   (Linescrew1)

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