Norwegian mass murderer gets his own psych ward inside prison

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The Upshot

The unrepentant Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik will have his own private psychiatric ward to be built inside the prison where he now resides.

The new wing inside the prison is one more step prison officials are taking to make sure the mass killer stays put at Ila Prison in Oslo.

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The 33-year-old is responsible for two attacks that led to the deaths of 77 people last summer. He has admitted to the crimes, and now awaits sentencing. (Catch details of the trial in the video above.)

An insanity finding, notes Slate, would mean Breivik would be given a maximum sentence of 21 years, and he could be held longer if it's determined he's a danger to the public. His mental state is currently under evaluation.

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The graveness of the crimes creates a challenge for the Norwegian justice system, which focuses on rehabilitation, not punishment. Foreign Policy points out that country's penal system is the among "the cushiest in the world."

There's no capital punishment, and the longest sentence is 21 years — although authorities have leeway to hold him indefinitely with an insanity ruling if he's considered a danger to the public.

As Yahoo News reported, the prison announced in May that it was unwilling to keep the extremist in solitary confinement, but does not want him around other inmates, since he could try to take them hostage. So they plan to hire "friends" who would be charged with playing chess and indoor hockey with the murderer.