Yesterday we went to visit the hameenlinna fort, in the heart of the Häme province of southern finland. The city stands since the viking age and the castle is supposedly build in the 13th century by the swedish. It is one of the fortified forts in finland, one another being the “soumenlinna” in helsinki.
In the fort, we visited a “Prison Museum”, which showcased the prison cells of the fort and their practices. I appreciate that everyone is entitled to some basic amenities. But that’s an irony!
Other than just being confined in one small room, the prisoners had access to everything. I was pretty amused with the fact that the prisoners, in their cells had telivisions, radio, tapes, proper electricity. Even a common sauna.
I think that being in prison was a kind of a legacy!
Isn’t it so that in a prison one is supposed to repent for what he has done, with limited resources, though not deprived of basic life support things? How would one actually face a “punishment” if he can watch telivision, listen to radio or songs on a player?
Ofcourse there were some harsh cells with only an iron bed, but that were solitary confinements meant only for prison-mates who may be beat-up the other “ladies” of the prison and did not cope up. These cells were only a temporary place of stay with a maximum stay of 7 days.
I wonder that with all the amenities available, what is the idea of a prison?