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Number of Swedish prisoners at ten-year low

Published söndag 24 februari 2013 kl 10.44

Sweden has the lowest number of prisoners in eleven years, despite government policy for tougher sentences, reports broadsheet Dagens Nyheter.

And a joint report from Sweden's legal and criminal agencies predicts that the number of people in prison will continue to fall.

Ulf Jonson is a head of department at the Prison and Probation Service. He says to Dagens Nyheter there are several reasons why fewer people are imprisoned. That courts often decide not to press charges, and that they hand out fines instead of custodial sentences.

And criminologist Henrik Tham adds that another reason is that there simply are fewer crimes committed in Sweden.

In 2012 there were 4,852 behind bars in Sweden, the lowest number since 2001.

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