“Why is Sweden closing its prisons?” TheGuardian asks


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A cell in Kumla prison, Sweden’s most secure institution. Photograph: Henrik Witt/Press Association ImagesKumla prison in Sweden

“Why is Sweden closing its prisons?” TheGuardian asks

December 2, 2013  AN OLDER REPORT BUT STILL IMPORTANT

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?

 

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…

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