TEDxUniversityofBristol 2018 Speaker


Tom Eberhardt is the Governor of Norway’s famous Bastøy Prison.  Known around the world for it’s radically different approach to rehabilitating criminals, Bastøy represents the embodiment of a philosophy committed to best serving our societies by rethinking the ways that we punish.

Around the world billions are spent every year on high security prisons that history tells us have failed to rehabilitate people back into society.  Tom will explain that in order to create new compassionate prisons like Bastøy we will need to challenge our instinctive emotions and our societies’ desire to see justice served as revenge.  This talk will demonstrate how ‘open’ prisons create the space for effective rehabilitation.