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Swedish prison numbers at 15-year high

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 11 Aug 2009, 08:42

Published: 11 Aug 2009 08:42 GMT+02:00

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"Over the past 15 years the total number of clients within the prison and probation service has never been as high as it is now," the Swedish Prison and Probation Service writes in its budget forecast dated July 30th.

The number of clients managed by the service increased by 751 from 2008 to a current 20,920. The increase has primarily occurred within non-custodial treatment services.

The number of prisoners in custodial services amounted to 6,580 in the first half of 2009, an increase of one percent on 2008.

Prisoners being treated within non-custodial services increased by 4.8 percent on 2008 to 14,340 in the first half of 2009.

The Prison and Probation Service writes that on average 95 percent of prison places have been occupied over the first half of 2009 which is five percent above the desired limit.

The service however expects pressure on correctional facilities to ease off over the full year with an average of 20,880 clients.

The service writes that a government review of the penal system, to be completed in 2012, makes future projections somewhat uncertain.

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The review will consider, among other things, whether the application of alternatives to custodial sentences should be extended in order to ease pressure on prisons.

The service confirms plans to extend the number of places available within correctional facilities by 1,469 during the period 2009-2012.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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12:11 August 11, 2009 by antoniolgj
I just wonder,

Couldn't we have a better picture of the problem if the report described the ethnic/religion of these "clients"?
12:49 August 11, 2009 by longtime
I don't see the point in your comment anton unless youa re trying to prove that "ethnic" minorities are unfairly or over harshly punished by imprisonment. It is well documented that the over representation on non-whites in the American prison sysytem is not down to increased offending but to discrimination in sentencing.
13:07 August 11, 2009 by antoniolgj
"..."ethnic" minorities are unfairly or over harshly punished by imprisonment."

Yeah, and it was really Santa who brought you that present last Christmas...
13:24 August 11, 2009 by Marc the Texan
I'm not just a prisoner... I'm a client!
13:39 August 11, 2009 by longtime
"In its concluding observations on the USA, published in May, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination outlined a number of concerns, including in relation to law enforcement and to the persistent racial disparities in the criminal justice system" Amnesty International

i am not trying to turn this into a discussion on the american sysytem . I am just taking exception to the posters attempt to turn this into a race issue.
13:54 August 11, 2009 by antoniolgj
"I'm not just a prisoner... I'm a client!"

Yes, and If I don't get at least 20 TV channels in Arabic I'll take my case to the Yurpeen Court of Yooman Rites.
14:02 August 11, 2009 by longtime
Just looked up your posting history antonio and don't think I will bother responding to any of your future posts. They all seem to follow the same anti-immigration racist theme.
14:26 August 11, 2009 by antoniolgj
How can I have an anti-immigrant "theme" if I'm an immigrant myself? I'm not Swedish if that matters.

However I do have an anti bad immigration theme, this I do.

PS. Don't bother to answer...
14:44 August 11, 2009 by Torontonian
It was about 50% around 15 years ago...Cannot find any current numbers.

16:40 August 11, 2009 by mkvgtired
longtime, are you just basing your assumptions on one report? Statistics show Black offenders commit 52.2% of all homicides and makeup 12% of the US population. White offenders make up 68% of the US population and commit 45.8% of all homicides. This is only one crime area. You still have drugs, robbery, burglary, etc. I do not think any race is predisposed to commit crime, but growing up in a decayed urban environment will cause people to commit more crime. If you want to take a trip to the US I can give you some areas in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, et. al. you can go to see that it is not a bias in the legal system causing this disparity. I know someone who was beaten very badly for being white and driving through the wrong neighborhood in Chicago.

17:41 August 11, 2009 by longtime
offical figures

The prevalence of imprisonment in 2001 was higher for

-- black males (16.6%) and Hispanic males (7.7%) than for white males (2.6%)

-- black females (1.7%) and Hispanic females (0.7%) than white females (0.3%)
23:27 August 11, 2009 by mkvgtired
My point exactly. More are in prison because they commit more crimes. Not because of a judicial bias. It is not their race that causes them to commit the crime, but rather the lack of parental discipline and urban decay in their areas. That being said the social welfare systems in the West encourage people to stay where they are (even if that place is awful) instead of bettering themselves. Until we address this we will have generations of welfare babies that supplement their government income with crime.
00:10 August 12, 2009 by HisNameWasLen
The naivity of Scandinavians to the problems facing them is very scarey! Do you not see what has happened to USA,UK and France...please...stop this mad naivity and help yourselves before it's too late! The problems you are experiencing are commomplace in the mentioned countries...to see the wonderful continent of Scandinavia go the same wretched way as USA,UK and France is truely heartbreaking....please..WAKE UP!!
03:35 August 12, 2009 by Weekend_warrior
I would like to see a for-profit privatization of the prison system here in Sweden. Then let them through the beauty of Capitalism and the bottom line push legislation through government for longer jail sentences for prisoners (keep those taxes rolling in). Forget about rehabilitation.

I do not think this is a race or immigration issue but merely a class issue. Like in the United States, it is non-whites that typically live in poverty, have a worse of education and commit crime. So it is no surprise this is reflected in the penal system.

And this will clean up the streets of Sweden!
12:28 August 12, 2009 by justagurlfromSeattle
Weekend- Warrior, How would Prison for profit help clean up the streets of Sweden??? I am from America, and all that making prisons private for profit did was make crime worse... NOT better...
16:28 August 12, 2009 by magic1964
Are Chinese intergrated in the western countries ?? are amish intergrated in the US ?? NOT REALLY ! Are they riche?? NOT TREALLY ! do they create many problems ? NOT REALLY.......so why is that that some other communities like the islamic create so many more problems??? maybe it has to do with traditions and culture no ???

Chinese believe in Confusus and Muslim to Mohamet.....
21:22 August 12, 2009 by kenny8076
anton is completly right, ethnic stats are important to this article, if america would stop letting immigrants come here for 10 years i guarentee prisons would decline, mexicans have gangs here that the FBI has had to specially make task forces for (MS-13), more deadly than bloods or crips has ever been. urban environments are filled with crime and drugs in immigrants/black parts. theres neighborhoods a white person would never in daylight walk through. so to say theres a discrimination on the sentencing of white people is absurd and ignorant.
22:07 August 12, 2009 by Weekend_warrior
In the U.S. the police have to meet a quota on crime, otherwise they do not get to increase or even keep the same budget they had before. This goes for more cops, increased salary, better equipment etc... There is an incentive to seek out criminals.

Then you take someone like Corrections Corporation of America (CXW) which trades on the NYSE. They lobby Congress for stricter jail sentences to keep prison populations up. Of course there is crime, but the numbers are also inflated because there is incentive to arrest, prosecute, and jail criminals.

How would it clean up Sweden? Well if you can agree that a for-profit prison system would ultimately focus on increasing the prison population and housing them for longer periods. And you understand that it is the poor and uneducated that commit crime (not race). If you can further see that it is typically non-white and non-western immigrants that are the uneducated and poor. Then you can begin to see that while crime statistics rise, you can begin to understand how "Sweden's streets are cleaned up"

And you can talk over the dinner table about how the article in the paper stating 'minorities make up the majority of prison population' is so tragic. You pay taxes to limit this with Gov't programs,but that's just for peace of mind.
03:12 August 13, 2009 by Leprehcaun

As much as i hate to brake ti to you guys this is about Sweden xD.

Since you've already entered the ethnicity thing, I saw a Norwegian show or something about rapes in Oslo a few years back. There were 47 violent rapes for one year, ALL of them were committed by Turks and Arabs.

I've read somewhere, but i don't remember where (obviously), that a muslim man in Sweden is 27 times more likely to commit rape than Swedish men. Can anyone confirm or deny that? Is it completely made up? I didn't believe the number could be true until I saw that Norwegian thingie. Is it true or not and why (and this is a fact.. I'm not going to argue with someone about this) is it so much common for middle easterners and Africans to commit crimes than us? How can anyone of them bring themselves to do it? After we take them in, give them money, housing, free education, health care etc? Why are e.g. far eastern Asians a so much better immigration group?
08:47 August 13, 2009 by magic1964
By actual standarts and laws Mohamet would be accused of Pedophilia and war crimes ( Aïcha one of his 13 wifes was 9 years ols ).....While with the same standarts Jesus was a cool dude more likely an hyppie.
23:32 August 13, 2009 by Iraniboy

Like "longtime" said you just persue your anti-white agenda in all discussions. Even if you're not Swedish that doesn't give you any credibility to be anti-minorities. In fact I have seen more non-Swedish racists in this forum than Swedish ones. All of them decide on behalf of Swedes and lecture us that how Sweden should do this and that. One of them which is very apparent in his racism is "Eurostan" who is actualy an Indian guy who happened to stay in Sweden for some months!!
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