Correctional Capt. Toby Tooley demonstrates how the desks work at a behavioral health treatment center that opened in August at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.

Correctional Capt. Toby Tooley demonstrates how the desks work at a behavioral health treatment center that opened in August at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.

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Oregon corrections officers will be first in the nation to participate in a professional exchange program in Norway — a country that transformed its violent prisons into one of the most rehabilitative systems in the world.

As part of the exchange, seven officers from the Oregon Department of Corrections will live with one of their Norwegian counterparts in Oslo Sept. 12-21 and work alongside them in a Norwegian prison.

“I want to see criminal justice through the lens of Norway and see the resources they utilize and a better way to manage the population,” said

Toby Tooley, an Oregon State Police correctional captain at the Oregon State Penitentiary and a participant in the exchange.

Read the whole story at the Portland Tribune.