Prison Law Blog

Sara Mayeux

A Tale of Two Prison Systems, plus Friday Roundup

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Triple bunks at the California State Prison, Los Angeles, in 2006 (courtesy CDCR)

A cell in Halden Prison, Norway's newest high security prison (Trent Isaksen/Statsbygg)

Prison in the U.S.: “A person sentenced to imprisonment in a state prison may during that period of confinement be deprived of such rights … as is reasonably related to legitimate penological interests.” (California Penal Code)

Prison in Norway:In principle, prisoners have the same right to services and facilities as the rest of the population.” (Norwegian Correctional Services website; also check out this Time article)

And now in this week’s prison news…

Around the country:

Around the world:


Written by sara

July 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

Posted in Friday Roundups

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  1. I’ve definitely read past articles on Europe’s “advanced” prison structures. Frankly, the cell looks like a dorm room I stayed in once–and better than the dorm room I actually had freshman year. It’s hard to tell whether the improved environment actually yields recidivism reduction gains. A lot of Americans feel that crappy conditions are part of the punishment and deter criminals from committing future crimes; furthermore, given our poor social support systems in place, many people already use jails as quasi-shelters to ride out bad weather – these cells look like they’d be an invitation to stay on the taxpayer’s dime, not to mention that single-celling is nigh impossible in today’s overcrowded conditions. I think a lot of other improvements (and general societal understandings of criminality and imprisonment) would have to be made before we reach Europe’s Comfort Inn environment.


    July 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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