Breivik's Fate: 3-Room Cell or Personal Psych Ward

Norway killer learns his fate Friday
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2012 6:04 PM CDT
In this April 17, 2012, file photo, Anders Behring Breivik gestures as he arrives at the courtroom, in Oslo, Norway.   (AP Photo/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix Norway, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Anders Behring Breivik is expected to learn his sentence Friday for the rampage in Norway that killed 77. His guilt isn't in question, so he won't be going free. But as the AP notes, he won't exactly be getting harsh treatment no matter the outcome. If he is judged to be insane, Breivik will move into a psychiatric ward built just for him. He will be the lone patient, attended to by 17 staffers.

If he is deemed sane, as he hopes, Breivik will spend at least the next few years in a high-security prison isolated from other inmates. No cramped quarters here, though: He will have three rooms, one for sleeping, one for exercising, and one to use as a study. If all goes well, he would eventually be transferred to a part of the prison with other inmates. "I like to put it this way: He's a human being," says a prison spokeswoman. "He has human rights. This is about creating a humane prison regime."

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