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The Norwegian penal system, which boasts a low recidivism rate of 20%, prioritizes the human rights of its inmates, even those of the notorious Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik, who was held during his trial at Ila Prison, a former Nazi concentration camp, has taken to protesting the deprivations of his incarceration—including, in his eyes, poor access to video games—and making daily demands for more walks and monetary allowance, and fewer body searches. Whether this proves Hannah Arendt’s point, writing of the Eichmann trial, “on the banality of evil,” or the tormenting efficacy of a reward system built on a foundation of large and small daily humiliations, remains to be seen. MORE

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