The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment
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Høidal echoes his words: "If it happens again, then maybe we will have another discussion about the system. Huge, blown-up photographs of daffodils, Parisian street scenes or Moroccan tiles cover the corridors. At Halden there are 340 staff members (including teachers and healthcare workers) to the 245 male inmates.
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A great deal of attention is given to making sure people have homes and jobs to go to when they leave, and that family ties are maintained.
Maybe I'm not there long enough to sense latent anger or profound despair, but Halden doesn't feel like a place where you have to look over your shoulder.
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The large amount of money and thought lavished on inmates at Halden doesn't stop them (politely) expressing their dislike of the place and their desire to leave as soon as possible. We don’t think about revenge in the Norwegian prison system,' says governore Are Høidal, 'we have much more focus on rehabilitation. While officers in Britain get a few weeks' training, Norwegians will have completed a two-year university course, with an emphasis on human rights, ethics and the law.There isn't any of the enraged, persistent banging of doors you hear in British prisons, not least because the prisoners are not locked up much during the day. But he was in the cell for two minutes," says Janne Offerdal, who teaches English to the inmates (mainly to foreign nationals caught smuggling drugs into the country; the Norwegian prisoners all speak impeccable English).