Is this a college or a jail? Denmark opens the world's 'most humane' maximum security prison designed to teach prisoners to change their ways

25 December 2017

The architect behind the 'most humane' maximum security prison in the world has said his luxury lock-up — which features spacious bedrooms, grass lawns and modern kitchens — is designed to lower re-offending rates.

Newly opened Storstrøm Prison — near the town of Gundslev in Denmark — has been created to feel like a university campus, with a minimalist Scandinavian look modelled on a traditional Danish village.

Costing over £100million and taking five years to build, Storstrøm can hold 250 prisoners in its 40 square foot cells — each of which comes with a fridge, 22-inch TV, large window and wardrobe.

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