Lessons from Norway
This paper shows how Norwegian prisons focus on rehabilitation and reducing reoffending rates. It also explores the UK prison system and how we can reform it.
- The UK has a broken prison system and it is getting worse. There are high levels of reoffending, decreasing budgets, unsafe areas within prisons and overcrowding.
- To improve our prisons, we should look to Norway. They have lower reoffending rates and, rather than our focus on punishment, instead focus on ensuring people are good neighbours when released.
- We need to improve prisons by upgrading them, ensuring prisoners have their own space to live in and giving prisoners more opportunities to learn new skills.
- To reduce the number of people in prisons we should focus more on reducing the number of shorter sentences given out.
Lauren is the co-Policy Officer for Open labour, the Secretary of the Young Fabians Criminal Justice Network and has a Masters in Criminology.