Inside The World’s Most Luxurious Prison


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Presented by Ann Widdecombe, this documentary goes behind the walls of one of the most unusual prisons in the world, Halden Prison in Norway.

Norway boasts one of the lowest rates of recidivism in the world so Ann is intrigued to find out what they’re doing right and has come to Halden Prison to find out.

Built ten years ago as a ground-breaking experiment, Halden Prison was designed to not look or feel like a prison. With prisoners’ human rights at the core of its philosophy, Halden Prison is the first in the world to host workshops, social workers, a college, a library, a music studio and a restaurant all under one roof.

From rapping in a state-of-the-art music studio to scooting down an underground security tunnel to attending a spiritual retreat, she’s on a quest to discover what the UK could learn from this radical Norwegian system.

Baffled by some aspects of the prison and impressed by others, Ann wonders if Halden is the prison of the future or is it just too expensive?

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