with eyes open wide
This is all kinds of weird for an American to see. Trees, grass, benches, running track at a jail?
Flatscreen tv, colored wall, no bars on the window? Are these Norwegians nuts?
Mmm no, not nuts. They just have a very unique idea of what the prison system should be. Instead of outright punishment, it’s more a rehabilitation program so that members of society can learn from their mistakes and reenter society as a productive member rather than a continual drain on the system.
Check out this article for more interesting information about how this Norway prison is rethinking the prison sentence: