Youth Centre Detainees Denied Time Outdoors

An investigation by the Swedish Public Service Radio Programme "Kaliber" has found that conditions for youngsters at Sweden's youth detention centres are far tougher than for adult prisoners in jail.

The investigators say that some of those held in youth detention centres are denied access to go outdoors for long periods, a fact that would break the law if it happened in adult prisons.

A former detainee at Solgården centre for girls, "Nora, " told Kaliber that they had a system whereby if you broke a rule, you were not allowed to go outdoors. Then 16, "Nora" was kept indoors for a month, and started to cut herself in order to receive hospital treatment outside.