Worldview: Norway's prison culture, Cambodia's war crimes, and training India's future leaders

March 28, 2013

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Worldview: Norway's prison culture, Cambodia's war crimes and training India's future leaders

We take a look at Norway's approach to its prison system. In Cambodia, a major Khmer Rouge leader recently died while standing trial. We find out what's next. Plus, Global Activism revisits a group that focuses on leadership training.

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Norwegian prisons have a different approach by WBEZ's WorldviewThere is no such thing as life sentence in Norway. In the 1970's the country reformed its prison system and turned the focus to rehabilit...

Norwegian prisons have a different approach


There is no such thing as lifesentence in Norway. In the 1970s the country reformed its prison systemand turned the focus to rehabilitation, rather than punishment. Thesedays you have prisons like Bastoey, an open prison which include tennis courtsand a beach for swimming. The inmates live in wood homes that they sharewith other inmates. The idea is that prisoners should be able to reintegrateinto the larger community when they get out. Margaret Hayford O’Leary,author of Culture and Customs of Norway and head of the Norwegiandepartment at St. Olaf College, explains the Norwegian approach tojustice.


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Cambodia still strives for justice by WBEZ's WorldviewEarlier this month, Ieng Sary, one of the founders of the notorious Khmer Rouge, the brutal Communist organization that ruled Cambodia in...
Cambodia still strives for justice

Earlier this month, Ieng Sary, one of the founders of the notorious Khmer Rouge, the brutal Communist organization that ruled Cambodia in the 1970s, died at the age of 87. He was in the midst of standing trial with two other high-ranking Khmer Rouge officials for the estimated 1.7 million deaths that occurred during their rule. Now, the trial continues, even as the defendants age and die off. Can justice still be done? Worldview talks with Northwestern University professor of law David Scheffer, who also serves as the United Nation Secretary-General's Special Expert on the Khmer Rouge Trials.
Khmer Rouge's Ieng Sary dies during genocide trialPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - Ieng Sary, who co-founded the brutal Khmer Rouge movement in 1970s, was its public face abroad and decades la...
Global Activism: LIFT empowers future leaders of India by WBEZ's WorldviewIn 2010, Reese Mugerditchian heard Father Jamels James talk about his group, Leading India's Future Today (LIFT), on Wordview. The NGO pr...
Global Activism: LIFT empowers future leaders of India

In 2010, Reese Mugerditchian heard Father Jamels James talk about his group, Leading India's Future Today (LIFT), on Wordview. The NGO provides education and leadership training for children from various religious and social castes. After hearing the broadcast and attending the Global Activism Expo, Mugerditchian was so inspired that she decided to volunteer with the group. Since then, she’s been to India several times to work for LIFT. Mugerditchian is back from another trip to India and joins Worldview to tell us about it.
Teaser Image: Sean Hayford O'Leary/Wikimedia Commons.