Overcrowding leads to conflicts at Sweden's biggest prison

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Several conflicts have arisen between inmates and staff at one of Sweden's high-security prisons, the Kumla detention facility, as a result of overcrowding.

Almost all jails and prisons in Sweden are currently full. And since April some inmates at Kumla prison, which lies outside of Örebro in central Sweden, have been forced to share a cell. The facility has 420 beds, but at present holds 460 people.

But Magnus Östlund, acting director at the prison, told Swedish Radio no serious incident has been linked to doubling up inmates in one room.