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Over the past few years, a lot of media attention has surrounded on how Norwegian prisons focus so heavily on rehabilitation over punishment, and how their really great treatment of prisoners seems to be why they have the lowest rate of recidivism in at least Europe, possibly in the world. It's very disappointing that their fascinating and rather radical methods aren't covered in this article, or perhaps in a more appropriate article that's linked to from here as a "See also". For some sources: