Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hell Is Bendy Pens and No Video Games

From the Telegraph:

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik threatened to go on hunger strike for better video games and other perks to alleviate his "torture"-like prison conditions, in a letter received by AFP Friday.

The right-wing extremist – who killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage on July 22, 2011 – enclosed a typed list of 12 demands sent to prison authorities in November.

If you aren't aware, Norway has what is probably the most generous and lenient penal system in the entire world. For killing 77 people, Breivik is serving a 21-year sentence that can be extended for bad behavior. He is being held in Ila Prison, which is Norway's highest security prison. Usually, it gives prisoners access to a gym, a library, various workshops, and a considerable number of sponsored leisure activities. However, because of his crime, Breivik has to be kept away from the other prisoners, so the prison can't give him much in the way of access to the common areas. In compensation, the prison authorities gave him full run of three cells, one for sleeping, one for gym equipment, and one with a desk and laptop computer. He's allowed outside an hour every day. Because of this, he is complaining that he is subject to aggravated torture. Like this:

Norwegian tabloid VG, which said it had acquired a copy of the letter, quoted Breivik as saying he was allowed to use only a soft and bendable safety pen described by its manufacturer as "stab-resistant" because it yields at the slightest pressure and cannot be used as a weapon. Breivik was seen making avid notes with it during his 10-week trial at the Oslo District Court that ended in August.

He has said he wants to write books in prison, but claims the special pen cramps his hand, describing it as "an almost indescribable manifestation of sadism," VG reported.


  1. MrsDarwin8:47 PM

    Torture, sadism: I do not think these works mean what you think they mean, Anders.

  2. branemrys8:51 PM

    It gets even more extreme; apparently he has insisted to the authorities that if they continue torturing a human rights activist like himself, the world will know their hypocrisy.

  3. Timotheos11:20 PM

    77 people and only a 21 year sentence?You can easily get 25 years for robbing a bank here in America, in a not so plushy federal prison.

    All I can say is that the Norwegians have a funny sense of "justice".

  4. branemrys12:08 AM

    The overwhelming majority of the 77 were defenseless teenagers, too.

    21 year with the possibility of extension is the absolute maximum penalty under Norwegian law. Of course, the way they see it, the purpose of the system is detention so as to correct, and thus it would defeat the purpose to structure it in a way that wasn't focused on returning the offender to society. And, in fairness, they have one of the lowest recidivism rates in the developed world. I suppose the swift turnover makes it harder for any kind of prison culture or network to build up. And the Norwegians are willing to spend the money to keep prisoners under constant watch and regulation.


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