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Convicts choose prison over electronic tag

TT/The Local · 14 Jun 2010, 07:59

Published: 14 Jun 2010 07:59 GMT+02:00

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"Aside from all the times and rules, many consider that they have a better social life in prison where they meet others. Outside the prison walls, they have an apartment but no social network to speak of," said Lena Mellström-Bäckman at the probation board in Stockholm to the Metro newspaper.

A total of 5309 convicted criminals were offered sentenced tagging in 2009. Of the 3940 who elected for tagging several hundred later chose instead to go to prison after digesting the regulations associated with the penalty.

The electronic tag is a band that is attached to the ankle and enables the prisons service to monitor the prisoner if he strays too far from his designated apartment.

Swedish convicted criminals can be offered the alternative of an electronic tag, also known as "intensive surveillance with electronic control", if they have been sentenced to less than six months, if they have already served a longer penalty, or if the prisoner is interred at Kolmården open prison to enable greater freedom.

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In order to be granted the alternative the prisoner must have an ordered residence, telephone and at least a half-time employment or schooling.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:03 June 14, 2010 by Crocs
The jails in Sweden sound like holiday homes!
10:11 June 14, 2010 by RoyceD
a society where citizens choose jail over their own apartments... model society.
10:31 June 14, 2010 by calebian22
Epic fail!
11:22 June 14, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre
Summer camp.
11:55 June 14, 2010 by Localer
well, at least you got allowance to sit in Jail.. :D
13:10 June 14, 2010 by Swedesmith
How about the choice of an electronic tag or a Turkish prison?
18:57 June 14, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Swedish prison the great deterrent.
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