Anders Behring Breivik, who is the world’s most recent despicable murderer (in case you’ve been on vacation, he massacred 90-some people last week in two separate instances), may, upon conviction, be spending the next 21 years (the maximum sentence in Norway) in a relatively tranquil spa-like abode, with lots of perks. That is, Halden Prison, which features rock-climbing walls, personal trainers, private bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs (but no HBO). This is because things are civilized in Norway, even in Norway jails, and “depriving a person of their freedom for a period of time is sufficient punishment in itself without any need whatsoever for harsh prison conditions,” a Norwegian prison official told The Daily Mail. Perhaps they have a point, but here in America, we want to see this guy suffer, not enjoy digesting the delectable contents of his mini-fridge, jogging on the nearby trails, jamming with the prison rock band, and skimming through his latest beach read in the comfort of a POÄNG Chair. (Full disclaimer: We don’t know whether the prison has Ikea furniture. In fact, it’s probably nicer.) More photos here, via the Atlantic Wire.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 28, 2011