A New Kind of Prison: Silence

From The New Methodists

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According to a blog for The New Methodists for June 15, 2009, there’s a unique prison in Leoben, Austria. One which has a design that “replaces violence with silence; inhumanity with community.” To read the complete story, and possibly its linked source article in the New York Times Magazine, click here. But to give you quick insight to its content, here’s an excerpt:

“I want to focus on the prison part right now. When we got home last night, I opened up the New York Times Magazine and was amazed to see this headline, “Rethinking Prison Design.” Here is a quote from the article about this remarkable prison in Austria:

Inside the prison it felt like Sunday afternoon, though in fact it was a Tuesday. There was a glassy brightness over everything, and most surprising, an unbreakable silence. Prisons are usually clamorous places, filled with the sound of metal doors opening and closing, and the general racket that comes with holding large numbers of men in a confined space. Noise is part of the chaos of prison life; Leoben was serene. I mentioned as much to Hohensinn, and he smiled and pointed to the whitewashed ceilings. He had taken great care to install soundproofing.

The article continues but you get the point. This is a place that replaces violence with silence; inhumanity with community.”


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