There should be room for Oslo prison in the capital
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There should be room for Oslo prison in the capital

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Prison and community

Opinion piece by Nils Leyell Finstad – Prison manager, Oslo prison

Historically, Norway have had several smaller prisons in cities. These have now been replaced by larger high-security prisons in rural areas. This has consequences for the chargeback work.

The correctional service’s new vision is “punishment that changes.” A successful repatriation effort focusing on the transition between prison and society presupposes that prison and community can be a resource for each other.

A capital prison must be close to police, court and municipal services, NAV and volunteers, such as the Red Cross Return Center, visitors, Wayback and community-engaged businesses. A city prison provides sound and life, and relatives must have the opportunity to visit their loved ones.

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