Sweden closing four prisons as number of inmates decreases

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Guardian: Prison numbers in Sweden dropped 6% between 2011 and 2012 and are expected to do the same in the next few years.

"We have seen an out-of-the-ordinary decline in the number of inmates," said Nils Öberg, the head of Sweden's prison and probation services. "Now we have the opportunity to close down a part of our infrastructure that we don't need at this point of time."

Öberg said that while nobody knew for sure why prison numbers had dropped so steeply, he hoped that Sweden's liberal prison approach, with its strong focus on rehabilitating prisoners, had played a part.

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