Prison service warns of overcrowding

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So many people are being sent to prison that they are overcrowded, says the head of the system, warning that they are in a "crisis situation".

General director Martin Holmgren says to Swedish Radio News it is basically full in Sweden's detention facilities. He first sounded the alarm in an open letter in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

He says the practical effects of the overcrowding mean they can no longer always have just one prisoner per room, and that has an effect on how they can carry out their job safely, and make sure they are rehabilitating their inmates. For example if there is trouble and they need to separate people there might not be enough room to split inmates up.

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