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Prisoners paid to watch movies

Cell door in Swedish prison. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix

Prisoners in Swedish jails are paid a nominal wage to work, which is regarded as part of their rehabilitation. But a large part of their work time is spent watching action movies or playing board games like Monopoly, reports Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

When a DN reporter interviewed prison warder Eva Lodenius, who shares responsibility for the work program at Österåker prision, north of Stockholm, the film "Safe House" was showing in the prison's theatre.

Inmates are paid a uniform wage of 11 Swedish kronor per hour, and are entitled to work, education or treatment while incarcerated.

"They pretend to rehabilitate me, and I pretend to work," one inmate told the newspaper.

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