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Video: Bringing Scandinavian Practices to U.S. Prisons

Can the more humane Scandinavian incarceration practices and values work inside a U.S. prison? This unique pilot project follows SCI Chester in Pennsylvania as they convert unit Charlie Alpha to become Little Scandinavia.

In 2019, a group of correctional officers from SCI Chester in Pennsylvania were sent to work in Scandinavian prisons for three weeks to understand what practices could be implemented back home. Unlike in the U.S., prisons there focus on rehabilitation and positive and gentle interactions between staff and those incarcerated — such as sharing meals, playing video games, and even waking people up in a way that sets the tone for the rest of the day. Learn how the new values learned, as well as cosmetic changes to the physical prison environment, were transferred to SCI Chester in this extended trailer of an upcoming three-part documentary series, to be published in 2021.

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Prison Project: Little Scandinavia

Can the more humane Scandinavian incarceration practices and values work inside a U.S. prison? This unique pilot project follows SCI Chester in Pennsylvania as they convert unit Charlie Alpha to become Little Scandinavia.