Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Prison Without Punishment

In Norway’s Bastoy prison, says Nicola Abé, there are no bars, no armed guards — and no escapes.

THE BOY ISN'T crying; the tears underneath his eyes are tattoos. He is standing in the snow, tall and broad, not knowing where to go at first. The guards took him from his cell to the ferry, which brought him to this island—without handcuffs. He is now left to his own devices, surrounded by red and yellow wooden houses and a church tower poking through the treetops.


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