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Take A Look At One Of The Most Humane Prisons In The World

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Prison is a punishment for those who break the law, but there seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding the treatment of inmates — specifically finding a balance between the harsh reality of incarceration and respecting the general idea of humanity. And then there’s how the system goes about rehabilitation.

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The U.S. remains a world leader in the number of jailed citizens, and there has been an endless amount of talk regarding the wrongful doings that occur at the hands of the system. In 2004, Marc Mauer, assistant director of the Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy group in Washington, reported that over the last quarter of a century, more than 40 state prison systems have been under some form of court order, whether it be for brutality, overcrowding, poor food, or lack of medical care.

But what happens in U.S. prison systems is a powerful statement about the kind of society we are. “You have to ask yourself: If the basic story that we tell ourselves is that it’s all about laws and sending people to prison because they violated laws and harmed other people, how can we possibly justify sending them to a place where that is happening to them?” asks Jonathan Simon, a criminal justice expert at the University of California-Berkeley.

And when you look at other prison systems, the circumstances in the U.S. seem even more grave.

In Norway, less than 4,000 of the country’s 5 million people were behind bars as of August 2014. And when criminals leave prison, they stay out. The country has the lowest recidivism rates in the world at 20%. The majority of crimes reported to police in Norway are theft-related, with violent crimes typically linked to drug trafficking and gang problems. To reiterate, in the U.S., 76.6% of prisoners are re-arrested within five years.

The country takes advantage of a concept called “restorative justice,” which aims to repair the harm caused by crime rather than punish people—something the U.S. should likely consider.

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Below is a picture of kitchen facilities at Halden Prison, Norway

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Recently, Baz Dreisinger shared an excerpt from Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World with the Huffington Post, painting a much clearer picture of exactly what prison is like in Norway. She found herself interacting with two deckhands on the ferry to Bastoy Island.

“We are criminals,” one of the men told her. “Really, we are. Criminals. Are you afraid?”

She said no, and was then offered a handshake and an introduction.

“I am Wiggo,” he told her. He was serving a 21-year sentence, which is the maximum in Norway, though he’ll likely be out next year.

“We work the 6-to-noon shift,” Cato, the other deckhand and prisoner, said. “Then we go back to the prison and relax or exercise. Come, you want to meet the captain? He is not a prisoner. The only one who isn’t, on this boat.”

When many picture prisoners serving time in the U.S., they certainly don’t envision them working on a boat. But Norway is different.

“As the boat set sail, I spied Bastoy, a cluster of gangly pine trees in a gray sea stretching toward a gray sky. Inside the boat’s small seating area, Cato sat down next to me and turned on the TV, flipping to the History Channel,” Dreisinger wrote. Wiggo says that people think Bastoy is a summer camp, but, being a prisoner, he knows all too well the difference. 

“Wiggo was right; it did look like summer camp. Mottled leaves fell on cyclers ― yes, cycling prisoners ― and a horse-and-carriage cantered by. Gingerbread houses dotted the landscape; they were dull yellow, with green trim and red roofs. I spied sheep and cows but no fence or barbed wire,” Dreisinger noted.

Bastoy is an open prison, which means prisoners can sometimes keep their jobs on the outside while serving time. Of Norway’s prisons, 30% are open, and Bastoy is considered one of the best.

“More prisons should be open ― almost all should be. We take as many as we can here, but there isn’t room for everyone,” explained Bastoy’s “governor,” Tom. The island houses about 115 men overseen by more than 70 staff members.

“There’s a perception that, ‘Oh, this is the lightweight prison; you just take the nice guys for the summer-camp prison.’ But in fact, no. Our guys are into, pardon my French, some heavy shit. Drugs and violence. And the truth is, some have been problematic in other prisons but then they come here, and we find them easy. We say, ‘Is that the same guy you called difficult?’ It’s really very simple: Treat people like dirt, and they will be dirt. Treat them like human beings, and they will act like human beings,” Tom explained.

Tom told Dreisinger that their system is simply humane. And it shows in the way Dreisinger goes on to explain Bastoy’s surroundings:

“We wandered through the forest, past grazing horses, a breeding area for birds, a greenhouse and a barbecue pit where men can cook lunch. Prisoners live in shared houses that resemble log cabins. The delicious smell of burning firewood wafted through the air, and South Africa’s Robben Island sprang to mind. Bastoy is the opposite of its doppelgänger: not a dark, evil twin but the humane edition of that prison-island hellhole.”

Tom even took her to the supermarket, which sells premium cacao chocolate and aloe-vera juice. She also comes to find out that there are phone booths for unlimited use, though Tom wanted cell phones and internet.

BASTOY ISLAND, HORTEN, NORWAY - APRIL 11:  Edven, 38-years-old sentenced to three years and two months for crime related to narcotics is seen in his kitchen as he gets back to his wooden cottage after grocery shooping in Bastoy Prison on April 11, 2011 in Bastoy Island, Horten,  Norway. Bastoy Prison is a minimum security prison located on Bastoy Island, Norway, about 75 kilometers (46 mi) south of Oslo. The facility is located on a 2.6 square kilometer (1 sq mi) island and hosts 115 inmates. Arne Kvernvik Nilsen, governor of the prison, leads a staff of about 70 prison employees. Of this staff, only five employees remain on the island overnight.  Once a prison colony for young boys, the facility now is trying to become "the first eco-human prison in the world." Inmates are housed in wooden cottages and work the prison farm. During their free time, inmates have access to horseback riding, fishing, tennis, and cross-country skiing. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Reportage by Getty Images)

BASTOY ISLAND, HORTEN, NORWAY – APRIL 11: Edven, 38-years-old sentenced to three years and two months for crime related to narcotics is seen in his kitchen as he gets back to his wooden cottage after grocery shooping in Bastoy Prison on April 11, 2011 in Bastoy Island, Horten, Norway.  (image source)

As for the stigma regarding reentry into society, Tom explained that there really isn’t one. “In Norway, when you’re released, you’re released. One guy I know spent 18 years in prison and is now living in my neighborhood. A normal old guy. No one cares. You find this a lot. I have many friends who’ve been to prison. Norwegians are very forgiving people.

“I tell people, we’re releasing neighbours every year. Do you want to release them as ticking time bombs? Is that who you want living next to you?”

Another one from Halden prison.

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It’s an interesting topic, to see the effectiveness of treating prisoners humanely. The prisons in Norway are small, most housing less than 100 people. They’re spread all over the country, with prisoners kept close to their families and communities. The system is designed to resemble life on the outside, so prisoners never feel like re-entering society is hard. A prisoner gets health care, education and other social services on the inside. And sentences are short, averaging an estimated eight months. In the U.S., the average sentence was 4.5 years in 2012.

Norway’s system may seem luxurious compared to others, but it seems to work. The crime rates are low, the recidivism rate is low. It’s a powerful exposé that demonstrates providing humanity makes for humanity.

Related CE Article: 7 Household names making a killing off of the prison industrial complex. 

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Apple Will Start Tracking Your Calls & Emails To Assign You A ‘Trust Score’

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  • The Facts:

    Apple iPhone users will now have their data on phones calls, texts and emails track by Apple so they can be given a 'trust score.' They claim this data collection will help prevent fraud.

  • Reflect On:

    Is this not just behavioural and user data collection disguised as 'trying to protect you?' Is this data going to be used to sell you more products? Or maybe sold to other companies? Do we have ANY reason to trust Apple?

Apple quietly updated their privacy policy with a new controversial ploy stating they will now collect user and behavioural data from iPhone users and claims it will be used to prevent fraud.  But is this really what’s going on? Let’s have a look.

We live on a great planet, and there are a lot of incredible people here. Let’s not forget that. At the same time, there are some serious concerns that are rising and need to be brought to light regarding the people that basically control our planet, this powerful conglomerate that sit atop the financial pyramid control everything, including politics. This group is often called the Deep State or cabal.

This is something that can be seen given many examples, one basic example is the power that corporate America has on government and how decisions are really made. It’s not the people deciding what happens, and what happens is hardly even ever disclosed to the public, and if it is, it’s hardly done so in a truthful manner.

We’re living in an age of mass surveillance and data connection, one which the global elite claims is for our own protection in the “fight against terrorism,” a fight and a war that’s been based on lies and completely fabricated, as emphasized, shown and explained by many politicians, academicians and researchers around the world. It’s an important narrative to share, given the fact that it’s one mainstream media refuses to touch.

If the reasons for mass surveillance are not actually for our own safety, and truly for ‘national security’ reasons, then what is it for? Why are they doing it, and why are they doing it in such a secretive, sneaky, and powerful manner?

“At least 80% of fibre optic cables globally go via the US, this is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores. The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.” – William Binney, a former high ranking intelligence official with the National Security Agency (NSA). He is one of the highest placed intelligence officials to ever blow the whistle

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Bribery is also used, multiple politicians have explained how ‘men in dark suits,’ perhaps representatives of the Deep State that runs corporate America, and imposes its will on a global scale. When a president is elected into office, if they are elected, and not “selected” as Rosevelt once said, then they are most likely confronted with every piece of dirt that the Deep State has on them.

There are many things to consider, but ultimately, the agenda of those who control global politics remains intact no matter who is president, and those that become president are usually just puppets and ‘partners’ with this powerful group of international people.

All of this is important to mention whenever it comes to any type of surveillance or data collection activity. At lower levels of the spectrum, it’s also being used for profit, and our data, online habits, phone conversations and more are collected and sold to various corporations. There are even corporations teaming up with pharmaceutical companies to sell data related to your DNA. You can read more about that here.

We all know about data collection and Facebook, and other social media platforms…

Apple’s New Policy

The latest news comes from Apple, who just added a new addition to their privacy policy, stating that users of their devices will now receive individual scores based on the number of phone calls they make and emails they send. As they state:

To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase. The submissions are designed so Apple cannot learn the real values on your device. The scores are stored for a fixed time on our servers.

All we get from these corporations are justifications for taking such action, and we buy into it. At the end of the day, we have a choice, and we can choose to support these products, or opt out for some better options.

The explanation seems too vague, how does knowing how many phone calls or emails one sends combat fraud? Is this just a complete lie for something else that’s really going on? The truth is, transparency in our world, especially our corporate world, has gone completely fell down the drain. Big corporations have become a political tool. Take a look at Facebook, which basically became a tool of the intelligence agencies, and agencies like DARPA used to collect massive amounts of data and spy on people.

Now, it’s being used as a tool to censor information and shut down a narrative that doesn’t agree with ‘them.

Facebook also convinced users and businesses to bring all of their people and practices over to Facebook to create a community, only to see that community ripped out from under them as Facebook essentially said “You can’t reach your community anymore, pay us to reach them.” Yet Facebook profited billions off the data of your people. Good old bait and switch.

The Takeaway

Are these corporations acting in a way that protects us? Or are we simply customers that represent billions in profit? Why do we continue to support corporations that these companies and what they do if we have other options? While we don’t yet know what this new data collection will be used for, can we not learn from the recent Facebook data scandals?

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Weekly Q&A: Trump’s Role, Censorship, CETV, Reader Love

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    Each week we do a Q&A based on questions we receive throughout the week. Our goal is to dive DEEPER into content through the questions. This video covers a few questions from Sept 16 - Sept 22, 2018.

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    If you have any questions for us, contact us at contact@collective-evolution.com

We have decided to begin doing weekly public Q&A’s based on all the questions we get throughout the week. We have found that people often ask very similar questions (and great questions!) about what’s going on and often times we feel these responses are great for everyone to be hearing as it adds a deeper perspective to what we cover each week. your questions often get us thinking down different paths too, which is awesome and why this community is so damn powerful.

So THANK YOU for your great questions, for engaging and for being part of this all.

I want to also say, for those wanting to get our weekly behind the scenes updates as well as our daily content sent right to your inbox, click here. We know facebook simply does not work anymore for distributing content, so email is the best way.

Update For Sept 16 – Sept 22, 2018

In the video below I go over everything. Be sure to check out the TIMECODES in the description if you want to skip ahead to other topics. I’m through in how I cover things, I know sometimes people want things faster but I don’t see value in not going deep so this is what it is!

This week’s rundown includes:

01:05 : Question regarding Trump’s role
08:50 : Thoughts on recent censorship, are we afraid?
18:00 : New CETV conscious media platform
21:12 : Beautiful email from a reader!

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“The Consistency Is Mind Boggling” – University Professor On Alien Abductions

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    Dr. David M Jacobs, a recently retired Professor and historian, shares the fact that those who claim to have been abducted, and there are millions, share extreme consistency with their stories, and come back with proof.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is this not addressed? As Jacob's points out, if it's not true, then we have the greatest discovery of all time with regards to neurology.

We know that the phenomenon is very, very widespread around the world. People think that this is an American phenomenon, it is not. I’ve worked with people from Africa, and Asia, and Latin-America, and Europe and so forth… All say the same thing all around the world, it does not matter where they’re from. People often ask me whether there’s any consistency in abduction accounts, the consistency is mind-boggling.

The quote above comes from Dr. David M. Jacobs, a recently retired professor of History at Temple University, from the video below. He’s one of many academics who’ve been studying the ‘alien abduction’ phenomenon for a long time. We’re talking about full-out investigations and actual case work. Himself and practically every other researcher in this field would tell you that yes, the consistency is indeed jaw-dropping. People who claim to have been abducted by intelligent extraterrestrials, or come in contact with beings, and there are millions of them all over the world, all share remarkably consistent stories.

I work with people who have MD’s, or psychiatrists, psychologists… people who are university professors, and people who have never been able to hold a job…and everybody in-between. The vast material that they talk about has never been in the public domain, without consistency there is no phenomenon, and it is the consistency that keeps coming back…People are physically missing from their normal environments when they are abducted, people come back with unusual scars on their body, fully formed scars that weren’t there before.

It’s important to make a distinction here. There are all sorts of contacts happening. There are forced abductions, we call these people abductees, then there are simply contactees. Contactees don’t experience any type of forced abduction or strange procedures that are performed on them like abductees, there is also a wealth of data showing that a lot of people have friendly, informative, and mysterious type of contact experiences as well, and there are a range of beings (which also show up with consistency in multiple experiencer accounts) that have also been reported with consistency, including human looking ones. Along with these experiences come telepathic messages, in many cases appear to warn of future destruction unless human rapidly evolves and, grows up, so to speak.

Many abductees also report a sense of remorse and empathy within some of these forced abductions, others do not.

Here’s a great example, a case that involves more than 60 school children in Zimbabwe.

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Dr. Jacobs goes on to state, regarding abductions, a very interesting point

Now, let us suppose it is not happening, all those things still remain, and yet it’s not happening, there is no such thing as the abduction phenomenon. If that is the case, we have found the most important thing ever in the history of neurology, brain function, cognition… All these people are saying the same thing at their risk, this is not going to bring applause to them, that they say they’ve been abducted by aliens from outer space. High functioning people say thisnknowing full well it could destroy their careers, and they say this around the world…And it’s not happening, then what?

The mainstream world has and is currently addressing the UFO topic, but the talk of extraterrestrial visitation as one possible explanation for some of these UFO visitations has still been left out of the equation. For the latest updates on that, you can refer to this article:

The US Government Just Admitted to Recovering Materials From UFOs – Here Are The Latest Updates

All of these people, again, are not crazy. They are normal human beings, many of them who have or had no interest in the phenomenon prior. So, again, either something very important in the history of mental health is going on, or the exact opposite, and if we actually take time to examine the evidence, the answer becomes quite clear.

Some of what people report as UFOs are extraterrestrial (ET) vehicles. Some of those extraterrestrial vehicles actually have ET crews, and some of those ET crews catch and release humans.” — Dr. Don Donderi, a retired McGill University Professor of 40 years in the Department of Psychology (source)

Below is a brief account of one example that pertains to abductions, again, something different from regular contactee experience as mentioned earlier in the article. There is footage of Dr. Jacobs here as well.

Are We Being Prepared For Contact?

Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense. To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel – Roscoe Hiellenkoetter (source)

Now, with the emergence of mainstream UFO disclosure, although not really addressing the extraterrestrial question, these topics are slowly creeping into the mainstream. It appears that the process of ridicule which existed for so long, via mainstream media, movies, popular television shows and more, seems to have turned into a process of disclosure.

The topic touches all areas of humanity, including metaphysics, spirituality, not just science, technology and questions in those areas. It represents an evolution in all areas, most importantly an evolution in consciousness. It really forces us to question ourselves, and help us understand who we really are as well.

Humanity is at a crossroads, and our hesitance to accept certain realities these days is drifting, and acceptance is coming in. Our perception of reality is shifting, and that alone is creating action around the world to bring about something that can’t really be put into words.

Perhaps this is becoming more relevant at this because there is a message here for humanity, and the experiences of contactees and abductees could perhaps help us decipher that message if they haven’t already. The common theme is something we all internally know in our hearts, the golden rule, and the caretaking of our planet and life upon it.

We as humanity have an enormous amount of potential to create an experience where this type of existence can happen, where we can be free from the chains of economic slavery and allowed to grow and advance as a species. Our destiny is no doubt in the stars.

Recently we interviewed Susan Manewich about her research into this space as well. One of the many profound truths she shared was that of all the contactees they have studied, there is a strikingly similar message shared by all. Check it out below

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