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
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(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.
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Jul 28, 2011 11:20 AM CDT
I personally think that all prisons should be focused on rehabilitation instead of punishment. However, I don't think that this means that prisons should be vacation spots like this one seems to be.
Jul 28, 2011 5:53 AM CDT
Despite this crime the Norwegians are doing something right, Just look at there reoffending stats.
Jul 27, 2011 9:58 PM CDT
I'm surprised they don't have a waiting list. They have a better library than the one in my town! Hell, I don't have a flat screen tv!