"When you want to measure how civilized a country is, you visit its prisons," prison guard Are Høidal told Jessica Benko. This American journalist is visiting Halden prison for The New York Times. In the article, which was published this weekend, Benko compares our prison system with the American one. The new Halden prison is described as surrounded by blueberry meadows in a peaceful environment, without barbed wire rolls or prison towers. Halden has a reputation for being the most humane of the high-risk prisons in the world. Benko says that the Norwegian welfare society – with education, health and pensions for everyone – spends NOK 750 annually. . .
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