When Is A Prison Not A Prison? When It’s A Rehabilitation Farm in Norway

Felons in a village without bars or locks getting ready to return to the social world

Retraining felons to be part of the world through ecological responsibility? Sounds like the kind of social forward thinking that Norway is famous for.

It will be very interesting to track recidivism rates.

This short video is a clear stimulus to rethink our highly profitable, massively unsuccessful penal system which is, in truth, nothing short of brutal slavery since most of the profits of our bloated private prison system come from the slave labor of the penal property, otherwise known as prisoners.

Prisons were once conceived as safe places for restoration and recovery once we abandoned the dungeon and torture system of the medieval world.  Apparently, with the coming of huge sentences for minor marijuana and other insignificant “infractions”, plus the Guantanamo mentality that inhuman treatment of human beings somehow is just, or justified, or permissible or decent, has led to a return to the dungeon and torture scenario with a twist: profit through privatization.

Chain gangs in the South were rented out to farmers who needed disposable labor which could be over worked, underfed, beaten and destroyed with impunity.  We have returned.

It is time to stop.

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