Gerhard Ploeg

Senior Advisor
Norwegian Directorate for Correctional Services


1:50 PM Reducing Re-Offending Rates in Norway - a Needs-Based Assessment Tool

Norway is often said to have one of the best prison systems in the world, with an approach based on human rights and normality. This session will look at the overarching philosophy in Norwegian correctional services and highlight some specific features. Among these is the decision to use a tool assessing offenders primarily with respect to their needs and resources, rather than their risk, and the results of this decision.
  • What are the practical implications of working according to the principle of normality?
  • How to shift focus from what is problematic to what is possible?
  • How is the prison environment influenced by such approaches?