In light of what’s been happening to Canada’s correctional system, it’s disconcerting to listen to today’s CBC Sunday Edition interview by Michael Enright of Marianne Vollan, who is the Director General of Correctional Services of Norway. Disconcerting because she lays out a theory of sentencing and imprisonment that is radically at odds with the one implemented here under the present federal government — and, to make it even more vexing for me, a theory that she says Norway borrowed from us back in the days when we were interested in evidence-based policies.
Here’s that interview and a link to an article in the Guardian about the minimum security Bastøy prison that is the main subject of the discussion. (Unfortunately the clip starts playing automatically. I can’t seem to get it to change that behaviour. My apologies.)