January 31, 2017

I walked with an inmate down to the visitor’s centre, which is situated on the island as you come off the ferry.  This is a place that is a popular photo for both the staff and inmates at BastØy.  He talked about family visits and the feeling of walking away from his l...

January 27, 2017

With the training complete and some photos already taken, this week my goals were to engage staff and inmates in the research and carry out some photo-essay interviews.  After a week at the prison, I was allowed to wander around on my own without supervision from the g...

January 23, 2017

At BastØy, beauty is around every corner, people are respectful to one another and it is a nice place to be.  There is no disputing this.  I think this kind of environment pays huge dividends.  At BastØy, there have been no recordings of suicide, assaults on staff or i...

January 18, 2017

I managed to speak to some guards today.  They also discussed the physical changes to inmates, when they arrive from closed condition.  They described them as arriving as shadows, who slowly transform by straightening up, starting to talk more and then finding their sm...

January 15, 2017

I managed to talk to a number of inmates today, one who talked about their first days on BastØy, after being in a closed prison for 10 years.  The closed prison sounded similar to some of our prisons in England, with inmates locked in their cells for 23 hours of the da...

January 11, 2017

I woke up today and was greeted with two foot of snow.  Something quite novel for a Brit!  I am not the most co-ordinated of people and have a weak right side that causes me to limp and stumble a bit.  Even the ground holds uncertainty today! 

My objectiv...

January 9, 2017

Here is a picture of the prison, taken from the mainland on my way to the ferry.  It is a lovely day and I have been hit by the general quietness that surrounds this island-I can better understand why some call this prison the “jewel in the crown”.  It looks stunning a...

January 3, 2017

In 2015, I went to BastØy prison to carry out a research project to examine what inmates and staff believed contributed to personal growth in inmates.  For me, it was important to uncover why humanistic practices need to be central to prison reform in England and Wales...

January 3, 2017

Introducing the Norwegian Penal System

Norway addresses crime and punishment very differently to England and Wales.  Alongside its Scandinavian neighbours, it has been considered within academic debates as exceptional, due to its low rates of imprisonment and humanistic...

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