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The Norwegian prison system, Halden Prison and beyond, Are Høidal and Nina Hanssen

"This book presents a comprehensive overview of the Norwegian Correctional Service and the values and principles underlying its operations, using the renowned Halden Prison as a case study. Since its opening in 2010, Halden has been recognized for its uniquely humane treatment of inmates and emphasis on rehabilitation. This book chronicles the lessons learned from the operation of Halden Prison and scrutinizes the effectiveness of its policies. Staff at Halden operate under a notion of “dynamic security,” in which guards circulate around the prison interacting and developing relationships with inmates rather than surveying from a fixed location. Recounted from the perspectives of various actors in the system, and incorporating commentary from international correctional experts, this book sheds light on the effects of the approaches and paradigm shifts that have made Halden different from other prisons. The book presents a balanced picture of how such an approach works, with practical examples of successes and failures. This book contextualizes how and why this example of reform achieved successful outcomes when others failed, and how it can be improved upon in the future. Illuminating new directions for prison reform, it is essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of criminology, corrections, and penology, as well as practitioners, administrators, judges, policymakers, and advocates"--, Providec by publisher
Table Of Contents
Preface -- Foreword -- Prologue -- 1.Trond enters Halden Prison -- 2. The Scandinavian model -- 3. The missing link? -- 4. What is punishment? -- 5. Dynamic security, contact officers and the principle of normality -- 6. Quality education for prison officer -- 7. Who are the prisoners? -- 8. Recidivism rate - pick a number? -- 9. The history of the Norwegian correctional system -- 10.Halden prison: punishment that works - change that lasts! -- 11. Trond gets a wake-up call in Halden Prison -- 12. Violent extremism, terrorism and radicalization in the prisons -- 13. The challenge of mentally ill and the use of isolation in prison - criticism of Norwegian practice -- 14. Women in Norwegian prisons -- 15. Trond leaves the prison for the last time -- 16. Release to freedom - mind the gap -- 17. Little Scandinavia and other international collaboration -- 18. A peek into the future -- Closing remarks -- Sources -- Index
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (xx, 110 pages), illustrations.
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