Want to Improve Our Prisons? Make Them More Like Norway’s


A few years ago, if you wanted to reform education, you’d look to Norway for advice. Everyone loved Norway: “Look at what they’re doing in Norway!” people would say. “Everyone loves school, and the test scores are through the roof!” The Norway fad has subsided among educators, but it seems as if now it’s the It Thing among correctional officers. After decades of promoting punishment, jails are considering kinder, gentler approaches. Even though there still isn’t enough money for real rehabilitation, at least prisons can be less dehumanizing along the way.


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