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Swedish prisoners sign up for lullabies project

TT/The Local · 23 Apr 2010, 06:30

Published: 23 Apr 2010 06:30 GMT+02:00

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"It's not about having the prisoners and their needs in focus. It's about having their children's needs in focus," said Eva-Karin Eriksson, children's officer at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården).

The project is called "Goodnight stories from the inside", which the library and the prisons service hopes will become a permanent part of prison life.

The inspiration for the project comes from Britain, where there is a similar project called "storybook dads". The prisons service is hoping to expand the project to all institutions across Sweden.

The idea is to strengthen the bonds between inmates and their children and families. The reading project has been enthusiastically received by the 60 or so inmates who have so far taken part, and also among their relatives.

At best, the project could lead to fewer repeat offenders, hopes Eva-Karin Eriksson.

"One can imagine that if family relationships are made stronger then there is more to lose by going to prison again."

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Study circles have been held in prisons in Malmö with prisoners recording the stories onto CD. Prisoners sometimes also sketch illustrations to cover the discs.

"There are even those that have sung lullabies to their children," said Eriksson.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:30 April 23, 2010 by raffe
First time I hear about such programs... I think it's brilliant. It's simple and inexpensive to realise. And I think that the children truely benefit from this.
12:40 April 23, 2010 by farnoxo
Once upon a time there was a big bank that held lots of other people's money...
16:25 April 23, 2010 by Tusker
Oh farnoxo you are naughty....but boy so funny!
16:29 April 23, 2010 by zircon
Daddy is innocent, but no one believes him... Once upon...
19:07 April 23, 2010 by danielatrujillo
i think that this is a beautiful project that will benefit the children of prisioners, prisoners themselves and even the prisons. brilliant and heart warming.
07:12 April 25, 2010 by wenddiver
The difference between a Fairy tale and a convict's BS is one begins once upon a time and the other begins "Sure I've done some awful things in the past, but this last time I was innocent".

Exposing Children to these fiends is probably abuse.
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