Monday, November 12, 2018
Sweden’s prisons are full according to the country’s Prison and Probation Service
Swedish prisons are full, according to the Swedish Prison and Probation Service. The maximum capacity's estimated at 85-90%. The occupancy rate's now between 97-99%.
This means, among other things, that more convicts remain in detention cells, that are also overcrowded. It's primarily institutions where the safety class is the highest, with the most dangerous prisoners and class 2, closed institutions with a lower level of safety, that are full.
The Prison Service is looking at all possibilities to create more places in existing prisons. We'll check and see if there's unused places. Or if we can put several prisoners in the same room.
Several reasons are said to lie behind why Swedish prisons are full. Including stricter penalties and an increased population. Another reason's the lack of new prison buildings.
In Malmö, the Kirseberg facility was shut down, partly because of the prison’s great need for renovation. Back in February, the Director-General of the Prison Service, Nils Öberg, warned that the situation was alarming.
Last year, the number of prisoners increased for the first time in several years. When the space shortage became acute in the late 90s, it led to escapes, prison breaks, hostage situations and riots.
To prevent it from happening again, the Prison Service must expand with new institutions and detention centres.
At the same time an alarming amount of reported crimes aren’t even investigated – and only 171 out of 6720 reported rapes led to guilty verdicts in 2016. On top of this Brå estimates that 80-90% of all rapes go unreported.
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