Here is how prisons in Norway work. First of all, the maximum sentence
is 21 years but on average the highest sentence given is approximately 14 years
. And there are bonuses
for those who complete one and two-thirds of their sentence. In the former case, they can get weekend parole
(stay out of prison during the weekend), in the latter case they can get early release
The rooms in the prisons are like college dorm rooms: nice bed, personal sheets, a shower, wardrobe, flat TV screen and computer with internet. Prisoners cook their own meals and take care of the prison but they also get to enjoy the outdoors and attend classes. There is a sense of trust. The system works in the direction of preparing them for their free life after prison rather than punishing them.
They say that treating the inmates as humans, make them behave like humans. Inmates have the same rights as free people. It is only that their freedom is restricted for a period of time. They also say that they prep inmates to be good neighbours, when released.