A minimum-security prison on a lush island about one and a half miles off the coast of Norway now claims to be the world’s first ecological prison. does not rely on barbed wire or locked doors to keep the inmates in, but rather expects that they will enjoy their stay so much that they won’t risk a return to a maximum security prison. The prisoners also learn about individual responsibility, sustainability and the rewards of hard work, often leading to genuine change of heart, at least according to the program sponsors. Sounds like a move in the right direction to me. More than one right direction at that.

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[tags] ecology, ecovillage, environment, prison, Norway, Bastoey Prison [/tags]

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