Updated: May 26, 2020
Norway Proves That Treating Prison Inmates As Human Beings Actually Works
“Treat people like dirt, and they will be dirt. Treat them like human beings, and they will act like human beings.”
Bastoy is an open prison, a concept born in Finland during the 1930s and now part of the norm throughout Scandinavia, where prisoners can sometimes keep their jobs on the outside while serving time, commuting daily. Thirty percent of Norway’s prisons are open, and Bastoy, a notorious reformatory for boys converted in 1982 to a prison, is considered the crown jewel of them all.