Criticism of Inmates in Isolation

Sweden’s Parliamentary Ombudsman has criticised the prison authorities for keeping many inmates in solitary confinement for long periods.

Ombudsman Cecilia Nordenfelt says isolation is supposed to be a temporary measure. But she tells Swedish Radio News that around 50 prisoners are being kept in isolation in four prisons here, many for 23 hours a day for up to six months.

She blames this on a lack of ordinary cells, which prevents the convicts from returning to the regular prison population.

Lars Nylén of the Swedish Prison and Probation Service disagrees, and says most of those prisoners are hardcore criminals and constitute a danger to other inmates.