“Why is Sweden closing its prisons?” TheGuardian asks


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Why is Sweden closing its prisons?

Sweden’s prison population has dropped so dramatically that the country plans to close four of its prisons. What lessons can the UK learn?
Kumla prison in Sweden
A cell in Kumla prison, Sweden’s most secure institution. Photograph: Henrik Witt/Press Association Images

Swedish prisons have long had a reputation around the world as being liberal and progressive. So much so that in 2005 even Saddam Hussein requested to be transferred to a Swedish prison to await his trial – a request that was rejected by the Swedish authorities. But are the country’s prisons a soft option?

The head of Sweden‘s prison and probation service, Nils Oberg, announced in November that four Swedish prisons are to be closed due to an “out of the ordinary” decline in prisoner numbers.

Although there has…

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