Karianne Jackson was working for the North Dakota prison system in 2015 when a trip to Norway changed her life.
There, she saw a prison with no bars and no uniformed guards. Instead, prisoners lived in small cottages with common areas, private bedrooms, even kitchens with real cups, real dishes, and real knives. Compare that to US prisons, which feature next to no privacy and frequent use and abuse of solitary confinement. Norway found that treating prisoners like human beings, and ensuring a fine life for them, aided their rehabilitation and reduced their odds of returning. Jackson started thinking: What if I could make the US prison system a bit more like that?
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