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Bastøy Prison | Photographer: Espen Eichhöfer

Bastøy Prison | Photographer: Espen Eichhöfer | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"Conventional prisons are secured by thick walls, barbed wire and guards. The prisoners are locked away for 23 hours a day. Bastoey, an island in the Oslo-fjord in Norway, is a prison without walls and fences.

Maybe it is the most liberal and ecological prison in the world. On the island you don't make out the prison at first sight. Murderers, paedophiles and other criminals live here together in shared apartments. They work in the island’s forest, with animals and on the fields. Even more the prisoners have an own beach. The images of Espen Eichhoefer show the daily routine of the detainees and deliver insight in probably the most beautiful prison of the world."- Espen Eichhöfer

 

 

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Bastøy Prison is a minimum-security prison located on Bastøy Island, Norway, about 75 kilometres south of Oslo. The facility is located on a 2.6 square kilometre island and hosts 115 inmates. Arne Kvernvik-Nilsen,governor of the prison, leads a staff of 69 prison employees. Of this staff, only five employees remain on the island overnight. The facility is about a one hour commuting distance from Oslo.

Once a prison colony for young boys, the facility now is trying to become "the first ecological prison in the world." Inmates are housed in wooden cottages and work the prison farm. During their free time, inmates have access to horseback riding, fishing, tennis, and cross-country skiing.The only access to the prison is from a ferry that departs from Horten.

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Waiting for Justice | Photographer: Fernando Moleres

Waiting for Justice | Photographer: Fernando Moleres | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Abdul Moresey arrive to Pademba prison in 2007 as a child. He was charged  with murder. The facts are that  Abdul  went to the river  with his best friend and this was drowned. The child´s family accused Abdul  of murder and he is  four  years pending trial. Sentencing in this country is abnormally harsh, and the Sierra Leone government has pronounced that criminal responsibility begins at age ten, which is in clear conflict with the Convention for Child Rights ratified by the same government  in 1990.

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"This work was mostly shot in Pademba Road Prison where 32 children, between the years of 14 and 17, share prison life with 1,300 adults." - Fernando Moleres

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Sailboats and Swans | Photographer: Michal Chelbin

Sailboats and Swans | Photographer: Michal Chelbin | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Sailboats and Swans, shot in seven prisons in the Ukraine and Russia over the past six years, explores what it means to be locked and constantly watched. The title refers to the idiosyncratic, and almost mocking, bucolic and fantastical murals and wallpaper backgrounds I found throughout the prisons.

 

These contradictions of life in prison abound in girls’ flowery dress prison uniforms, murderers working as nannies to other women’s babies in the new mothers’ prison, young girls serving time alongside grandmothers – perhaps witness to their own futures, and the mesmerizing human blend of fear and cruelty in the boys’ and mens’ prison – where big tattooed bodies are now zombie-like, worn down by the daily travails of trying to survive being locked up in a world devoid of hope.—Michal Chelbin

 

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