Prison Island Bastøy in the fjord of Oslo

You judge a country by how it treats its prisoners. — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Prison Island Bastøy in the fjord of Oslo, Norway is a penal colony, but a very unusual prison.

A novel by Orhan Pamuk in the prison library. Must be a very literay prison population.

A friend used Paulo Coelho with dangerous prisoners.

In this prison, those convicted of the most serious offences. To get into this prison, have to show a desire to reform.

Average re-offending rate for Europe 70%, for Bastøy 16%.

Filmed by a Russian film crew. For contrast, at the end a Russian penal colony.

No1 Top Story in Norway News (Friday 14 December 2012).

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