Bastoy prison in Norway which was founded in 1982 and is run by Arne Kvernvik Nilsen, the prison's governor and a former minister and psychologist,
has no armed guards or fences and allow prisoners to have keys to their room.
It is a 1-sq mile island with views, beaches, tvs, and a mansion.
All the prisoners do have to check in during the day and have jobs or some get schooling.
"Inmates are forced to make choices -- to learn how to be better people." - Nilsen
"It's still prison," "In your mind, you are locked (up)." - said one inmate
"We should reduce the risk of reoffending, because if we don't, what's the point of punishment, except for leaning toward the primitive side of
humanity?" - Nilsen showing his psychology side.
Here is the article:
The numbers right now show that the number of reoffenders from this prison are less than any other.
So should this be the prison system we should adopt everywhere or is this simply just an anamoly?
As a psychology major, myself, I see where Nilsen is coming from not pushing them more toward the primitive side of humanity because they would have a
good probability of resulting in more reoffenders.
However, I still have the feeling also that this may be an anamoly only working with certain prisoners and the system most likely only good there,
since its an island.
Should we reopen Alcatraz and try it there?
Wow, how ironic that would be. It would be now the place prisoners would want to go to and would have prisoners learn how to be better and readjust
back into society eventually.
What's every one else's thoughts on this type of prison and implementing its system in other prisons?