Wednesday, July 27, 2011
If you think Norway’s mass murder, Anders Behring Breivik, will be headed to a 6’x8′ cement prison cell, think again. Breivik could be housed in accommodations rivaling a luxury vacation resort. This is Norway after all– not the USA, the UK or Germany.
According to a report in the UK Telegraph:
Halden Fengsel prison was opened last by King Harald V and is home to some of Norway’s most hardened criminals, including murderers and rapists.
The jail is spread over 75 acres of woodland just outside Oslo and facilities include a sound studio, jogging trails and a two-bedroom house separate from the main facility where convicts can stay with their families during overnight visits.
Guards move around the prison unarmed and often play sports or eat meals with the men they are tasked with watching. Half of the prison staff are women, a policy based on research which shows a female presence induces a less aggressive atmosphere.
Norway certainly has a unique perspective on crime and punishment. It almost makes want to travel to Norway and commit a crime so I can spend a few months living at the sumptuous Halden Fengsel