Monday, August 23, 2010
Norwegian Prisons Revealed
The image to the left depicts, believe it or not, a prison yard. A recent story in Time Magazine shows the beautiful and creative surroundings in a Norwegian prison. This penological approach, which characterizes Scandinavia and is very alien to our experiences here in the U.S., raises many questions. Is crime in Norway fundamentally different, so as to require less security and allow for more rehabilitative activities? Or are we more surveillance-and-security oriented, and if so, why?