Surprise! Norwegian prisons do not deter would-be criminals

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A handout picture distributed by Ila Prison shows common area for inmates at the Ila prison, just outside Oslo.

The share of foreign criminals in Norwegian prisons has been quadrupled in 14 years. Norwegian prisons are not frightening enough, police and attorneys say.

The share of foreign citizens who serve time in Norwegian prisons has increased from 8,6 percent in 2000 to 34,2 percent at the end of May this year.

Foreign criminals with no legal residency in Norway have the same rights as other prisoners, which includes cultural facilities, a daily allowance, church services, and full health care coverage. Prisoners can also use the phone, and apply to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) if they need money to buy clothes.

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