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After reading Slaters article, which discusses both the Norwegian prison system and the Prison Chief Bertschs application of those principles in the NDDCR, discuss the following points:

  • What is your opinion of Leann Bertschs attempt to model the North Dakota state prison system after the Norway prison system?
  • Do you believe the Norwegian prison model is working the same in North Dakota as it is in Norway?
  • What are the possible benefits and consequences of modeling the NDDCR state prison system after the Norwegian prison?
  • Are these benefits sustainable over time?
  • Do you believe the consequences could eventually lead to long-term problems?

After posting your comments, respond to at least two other students while explaining whether or not you agree with their views on changing their states prison systems to reflect the philosophies, programs, and services offered under the Norwegian prison system.