I work as a correctional officer in a high security level prison in Norway, one of the wealthiest countries in the world. AMA!
I have been working in a high security prison in Norway for a year now, and I have experienced the combination of a punish/rehabilitation program, and it does not work the way it is intended.
Norway is kind of a socialist state, with over 50% of its working mass being employed within the state, and the prison is one of these places. It's driven by tax money, it's highly buerocratic and has a low level of high end technology. It seems that the more primitive, analog way of running things, is just a way for the state to create jobs. Anyway, Norway is a small and peaceful country, so there is no prison riots and very few cases of shanking etc. I have sat down and watched murder series on the telly with cold blooded killers, I have played ping pong with rapists and arm wresteled with creepy pedophiles. These social phenomenons is not representative for the rest of the worlds prison population, and I think therefore this AMA can turn out interesting
It's maybe not enough proof, but this picture of me in my uniform is all i got.
Have a nice monday!
EDIT: All right, this has certainly blown out of any thinkable proportion of what I expected. The feedback and questions has been overwhelming! I have tried to answer as many questions as I can, and I must say that this has been so interesting and thought wakening in so many ways. You guys have so many interesting insights and experiences. As a first time reddit poster, I am stunned. It makes me say to my self, "God, I f***ing love the internet!". Thank you, fellow redditarians! :)