Maximum prison sentence in Norway is 21 years

July 24, 2011 · 11 comments

…and like in most European countries, there is no death penalty. This means that Anders Behring Breivik (32), the alleged mass murderer who killed nearly 100 people in Norway last Friday will serve a maximum of 21 years in prison and will be released afterwards. He will be 53 years old when he walks out of jail.

With the average life expectancy of 81 years in Norway and great prison conditions, odds are he will walk out healthy and have 30 more years to live free.

A prison room in an average prison in Norway looks like a student dormitory room with metal bars over the window (sometimes without). The room has a proper bed, a working desk and a shower.

Update: Despite 21 years is the maximum prison sentence by Norwegian law, it can be extended if the prisoner is deemed to be of risk to the society. He may as well be kept away as a mentally unstable person in another institution. We’ll know very soon. Avoid Jail By Hiring A DUI Lawyer.

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Rob July 25, 2011 at 7:39 am

The way you write this, it sounds like you don’t think he’ll get what he deserves. I agree, he deserves much worse for what he’s done. But Norway’s penal system is the way you describe because, unlike the rest of the world, they focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment. And it works; in the US and the UK, an estimated 60-80% of people released from jail wind up back in there, but only 27% of Norwegian convicts return to jail.

All that said, I heard Norway hasn’t dealt with anything like this since World War 2 ended. In 1962, Israel passed laws allowing execution specifically so they could execute Adolf Eichmann for Nazi war crimes. Immediately following his death, they repealed these laws. Assuming Breivik is found guilty, it wouldn’t surprise me if Norway does something similar, allowing execution or a longer sentence.

Jeff July 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Actually, at the end of 21 years you are NOT automatically released. He could, and might very well server a life sentence behind bars.

In Norway, the maximum time you can be kept WITHOUT THE HOPE OF PAROLE is 21 years. After that, you must be able to pass a hearing that will determine if you are indeed safe to be Paroled. This is NOT a guarantee you will be released. Norway just doesn’t want to keep people locked up who are not a threat anymore due to arbitrary rules. The 21 year max can mean, and has meant, many of Norway’s worst offenders stay behind bars for their entire lives.

I really think you should update your post with the correct information. Otherwise this really reads like just more baseless blog-rage.

Jamaree August 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

I don’t care what ANYONE says, this is utter bullshit in everyway possible. You know what this says, it says “Hey, go on a killing spree in Norway, you get a dorm room to yourself with tv (probably with cable), personal labtop, and everything, HOW is this a punishment?

PJ August 18, 2011 at 11:56 am

Your freedom being taken away and your life with your loved ones as you know it, is always a punishment. Can you imagine spending only one week in the same room? As Rob said, the Norwegian system is based on the belief that people deserve a second chance and that it’s the government’s duty to try and rehabilitate the people that commited a crime. They believe there is a reason you commit a certain crime and that you need to be helped in order for you to not do it again.

I think this is a better system than just putting people who commited a criminal offence together, without any guidance and just hoping they turn out right by themselves.

Olga August 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

@Jeff: actually you sound like you are ”Anders Behring Breivik (32)’’ who thinks that was his right to kill more than 100 people. And all he got is 21 more years live in this kind of ”appartment’. I call it apartment because that is how look to me. A prison is suppose to be a place in which people are physically confined and, usually, deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Looking at this pictures I can say the serious the crime the better the apartment. When he walks out of jail he will be just 53, and he still will be able to have a family, to find a job and live normal life

Станислас October 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Это тюрьма, или гостиница???

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