I rather be a prisoner in Norway



Can you guess what is wrong with those two pictures? 

The first time saw those, I can say those two pictures are types of homes. Picture 1 is owned by a rich family and the other were owned by a less fortunate family.

But the truth is picture number one is actually a prison in Norway! and the other is one of the homes from the squatters area in Manila.

About Halden Prison in Norway

Halden Prison (Norwegian: Halden fengsel) is the newest prison in Halden, Norway. The prison was designed by Erik Møller Architects and received its first inmates March 1, 2010 but was officially opened on April 8 by the Norwegian King Harald V. The prison has a capacity of 252 prisoners.

In an article in Time Magazine , Halden Prison and the prison rehabilitation work were described. Cells include amenities such as flat-screen televisions, refrigerators, unbarred vertical windows that let in more light, and designer furniture. Prisoners share kitchens and living rooms every 10-12 cells, jogging trails, and a sound studio. There are cooking and music classes offered. Half the guards are women and guards are typically unarmed because guns "[create] unnecessary intimidation and social distance". Prisoners receive questionnaires that ask how their prison experience can be improved.

The article says that although recidivism rates are calculated differently between countries, only 20% of Norway's prisoners end up back in jail within 2 years (compared to 50%-60% in the UK and US). Prisoner governor Are Hoidal was quoted as saying, "In the Norwegian prison system, there's a focus on human rights and respect. We don't see any of this as unusual."

In July of 2011, multiple news sources have speculated the possibility of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik being moved to Halden Prison to serve his term but did not cite any official source from the Norwegian Police, only other new sources. Currently Breivik is being held in solitary confinement in an undisclosed location.

They got flat screen TV where you can chill and watch your favorite shows
The Kitchen the bathroom is well designed. Its like living on a five star hotel
If you are bored you can play some Piano complete with Synthesizers

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