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Every Fourth Prison to be Shut Down

The Swedish Prison and Probation Service has warned that 14 of the country’s correctional facilities may have to be shut down because of money shortage. Service director Lars Nylén told daily Dagens Nyheter that the government expects the penal system to solve the existing problems internally without additional financial means.

Nylén said that some of the prisons should be closed bcause they were built in the 19th century and are obsolete, but plans to replace them with modern facilities had been halted.

Currently Sweden has 56 prisons and jails. At the end of last year there were 5,400 inmates nationwide.

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