Jail Head Quits in Protest

The head of Sweden’s largest jail, or remand prison, has resigned in protest over tougher rules for prisoners.

In a letter to his personnel and the national prison authorities, Lars-Åke Pettersson, who has run Stockholm’s Kronoberg jail for 19 years, criticises a new reorganisation plan.

He is particularly upset that jail guards will no longer transport prisoners and over a new ban that forbids detainees from calling mobile telephone numbers.

In response, the head of the prison service says Pettersson is living in the past.