Saturday, November 17, 2012

Prison or Paradise? (14 pics)

Built in 2010, the Halden Prison in Norway is one of the most protected facilities in the country.
Under Norwegian law, even people who have committed serious crimes cannot spend more than 21 years in prison and Halden is home to anywhere from 250 prisoners at a time with 340 staff who manage the facility.
Unlike conventional prisons, here the cells come equipped with refrigerators and TV’s that cost the government $185 000 per prisoner, per year to maintain.
Around the prison building are 30 acres of woodland and prisoners are allowed to walk in this area unattended.
In addition, every prisoner has the right to spend 1.5 hours per day in the gym exercising and earns a salary of $9 per day.

Once a week inmates are permitted to go to the supermarket to purchase groceries and they are also all allowed to cook their own meals.

According to the prison director, there are no attacks on security, in-fighting or attempts at escape and although prisoners are limited in their contact to the outside world, they may talk with their families 3 times per week.

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