This is not a modern apartment complex or 4-star luxury hotel, just Halden Prison, a maximum-security prison in Halden, Norway. It consists of three main units and receives prisoners from all over the world, but believe it or not, there are no conventional security devices. The prison was established in 2010 with a focus on rehabilitation, and its design simulates life outside the prison. Inmates can enjoy sports, music and even interact with the unarmed staff to create a sense of community. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.
Halden Prison receives both domestic and international criminals; as only around three-fifths of the prisoners are Norwegians, both Norwegian and English are used, and the prison has English teachers. There are no conventional security devices, such as barbed tape, electric fences, towers, or snipers. However, there is safety glass, a 6 meter x 1.5 kilometer concrete / steel wall, and a system of underground tunnels which guards use to walk through the prison. Although there are surveillance cameras on the prison grounds, they are not present in the cells, the cell hallways, the common rooms, the classrooms, and most of the workshops.