Itâ€™s easy to complain that prisons are turning into hotels these days, but there are prisons out there that go way beyond offering recreational facilities and games consoles to prisoners. All over the world, there are prisons that allow their prisoners to live pretty comfortable lives. In fact, some of them look pretty amazing.
Letâ€™s take a look at some the best prisoner â€˜retreatsâ€™ out there. Seriously, youâ€™ll be shocked at how luxurious they really are!
Norwayâ€™s Bastoy Prison
First off, we have Bastoy Prison. This is a prison set on its very own island, right in the middle of Oslofjord. The minimum security prison colony has over 100 inmates who donâ€™t live in cell blocks. In fact, each prisoner gets to live in small cottages on the island, and to pay for their crimes, theyâ€™re instructed to work on the farm.
The work might be tough, but by no means is this a traditional prison. In fact, the lucky Norway prisoners get to live quite the life of luxury outside of their working hours. In their own cottages, they get to relax and enjoy reading in a warm and comfortable home â€“ and when itâ€™s sunny (which is a surprisingly regular occurrence for a country everyone assumes is freezing cold!), the inmates can enjoy sunbathing in their gardens and on their decks.
Inmates even get to play tennis, enjoy horseback riding and can go fishing whenever they like. It sounds crazy, but this place really exists â€“ and it makes you wonder why anyone would want to go to work when a place like this exists!