Published in the November issue of Image Magazine
In Finland, inmates of a unit in the Satakunta Prison have the opportunity to work in the prison's organic farm. There are some dozen inmates working in this countryside idyll, and the turnover rate is large, typical to an open prison. The farm is the most desirable job in the prison, where inmates have time to think and often take pride in their work.
A few decades ago, Finland had one of the highest rates of imprisonment in Europe. In the 1960s, researchers across the Nordic countries, after investigating how much punishment really helps reduce crime, came to the conclusion it doesn't. After remending its criminal santion system bit by bit, Finland now has one of the lowest crime and recidivism rates in the world.
The Finnish criminal justice system is based on the limitation of freedom, not humanity.