Norway is the first country in the world to develop what will surely become de rigeur -- albeit decades in the future: an environmentally correct prison. But despite its reduced carbon footprint, Norwegian officials say the prison's green agenda is meant mostly to help prisoners. From Stuff.co.nz:
Justice Minister Knut Storberget said the most important idea behind the "ecologically driven prison" is to develop a sense of responsibility in inmates and prepare them for life outside its non-existent walls.
Norway's relaxed prison policy is intended to reduce re-offending by released offenders, and Bastoey prison [pictured above] aims to bring new values to the handling of criminals.
The minister calls the prison the "island of hope," and indeed, as prisons go, it's not tough to be buoyed by its features:
[The prison] sprawls over much of the island in the beautiful Oslo fjord. [It] gained international media attention a few years ago for its living conditions, resembling a summer camp with activities like tennis, horse riding, and even swimming in the summer, when the North Sea waters warm up.
But before you make those country-club comparisons, know that Bastoey has lower running costs than typical prisons. It is, in fact, one of the cheapest facilities in Norway. And now it makes environmental sense, too.