State prison in Delco gets Scandinavian-style makeover, shows how U.S. penal system could be more humane

State Correctional Institution Chester in Delaware County opened a housing unit designed to mimic a Scandinavian penal system in 2019. With an emphasis on rehabilitation, inmates have access to a communal kitchen, furnishings and an outdoor space. They are expected to go to work, school or treatment, all within the facility.

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