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Nordic Correctional Treatment in the US?

24.4.2018 17:00–18:30

Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki, Finland

Languages: English

Rehabilitation is a key component in Nordic correctional treatment. In the United States, punishment is in focus. What can we learn from each other? Which methods and values can we exchange? Welcome to a discussion between James Conway (USA) and Jan Strømnes (Norway).

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Conway is a retired warden for Attica Correctional Facility in the US, while Strømnes is the deputy warden at the Norwegian prison Halden, a prison that often has been described as the most humane prison i the world. Conway and Strømnes are discussing the correctional treatment in the US as compared to the policies in the Nordic countries – which best praciticies could the US embrace and which solutions are unfeasible in the American society? And, which approaches in correctional treatment could we, in the Nordic countires, import from the US? Can values be exported?

The discussion will be chaired by Jens Berg. In relation to the discussion, the award-winning documentary film Breaking the Cycle (YLE) will be shown, a documentary where both Conway and Strømnes contribute.

It is, of course, not easy to export cultural and social values across borders, but systems and approaches that have proven functional, can at least act as an inspiration to others.

The Nordic countries and the Nordic cooperation has gained increased attention in recent times. Nordic food and Nordic design have met with worldwide recognition, but these are not the only things we are good at in the Nordics. The Nordic countries play a crucial role in promoting principles of equal rights, openness and democratic values. The equality in the Nordic societies, as well as the structure of the society itself, is often noted globally. Another important piece in the puzzle that composes the Nordic model is the high degree of trust – citizens trust each other and they trust the authorities. Trust is also crucial for health and happiness. The sense of belonging even has a positive effect on reducing crime, according to a recently published Nordic report.

Also note that the event will also be arranged in Stockholm, Sweden on the26th of April (more info to follow).

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