New measures to prevent prisoners from getting out early
Sweden’s prison and probation authority will improve their control of private treatment homes and so called half-way houses after news that prisoners have been released early from their sentences.
It was recently reported on Swedish Television that a consultant in western Sweden had received millions in government funding to place prisoners in half-way houses but instead they were released, Swedish Radio news reports. At least 18 convicted criminals were let out earlier by the consultant.
Ulf Jonson, at the Prison and Probation Services, said that this is unacceptable and that the authority will make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“At the very least we have to make sure that we don’t have agreements with fraudulent caregivers so we can stop this at an earlier stage.”
In addition to more controls of the companies that have an agreement with the agency, there will be random inspections to make sure that the prisoners are actually where they are supposed to be.
Privately operated half-way houses and treatment homes take care of about 2.000 criminals each year. Some have been convicted to treatment instead of prison while others have started their transition treatment to leave prison.