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Whither the "Swedish Prison Model"?

Published torsdag 12 februari 2009 kl 14.31
A cell at Kolmården prison

Being a prison inmate in Sweden can be a bit different than doing time in other countries. For one thing, you are among a very small population. There are only about 7,000 convicts locked up here.  This country prefers not to hold people behind bars.

So is there a recognisable “Swedish model” in prison management?  If so, can it survive in a world where crime networks are becoming increasingly globalised, profit hungry and violent? The government has just announced plans to expand the jails, to make detaining more than 8,000 people possible.  So it looks like things may be changing.

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