Sweden closes four prisons as number of inmates plummets – The Guardian


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Sweden closes four prisons as number of inmates plummets

Posted by talesfromthelou on November 12, 2013 Thank You, Lou!

Sweden closes four prisons as number of inmates plummets | World news | The Guardian.

Decline partly put down to strong focus on rehabilitation and more lenient sentences for some offences
Inmate in prison  
Prison numbers in Sweden, which have been falling by around 1% a year since 2004, dropped by 6% between 2011 and 2012 and are expected to do the same again both this year and next year. Photograph: Paul Doyle/Alamy
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Sweden has experienced such a sharp fall in the number of prison admissions in the past two years that it has decided to close down four prisons and a remand centre.

“We have seen an out-of-the-ordinary decline in the number of inmates,” said Nils Öberg, the head of Sweden’s…

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