New Paradigm Eco Prison Produces Outstanding Results

Bastoy Prison, located on an island in Norway has no cells and prisoners tend the fields, chickens, cows and other livestock and fish on the islands boat. It seems crazy, but it’s producing positive results. Only 20% of criminals who experience Norway’s progressive prison system reoffend within two years of being released, and at Bastoy figures are even better, dropping to an impressive 10%. In comparison, the three-year re-offense rate for US prisons has been 43%, according to a 2011 study, with older ones indicating even grimmer numbers of over 50%. the philosophy is not to punish criminals, but to make them want to become better people. ”It’s all in the name of reintegration,” said Gerhard Ploeg, a senior adviser at Norway’s Ministry of Justice.


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