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Sweden set to send foreign prisoners home

TT/The Local/pvs · 28 Mar 2011, 07:34

Published: 28 Mar 2011 07:34 GMT+02:00

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The Swedish government is now set to investigate how the Swedish legislation can be amended to the EU directive.

The government met last Thursday to decide to appoint a commission to adapt Swedish legislation to the EU directive, with the general rule being that citizens should serve their sentence in their country of nationality or residence.

"It is important that rehabilitation process takes place in the country in which one lives," Sweden's justice minister Beatrice Ask told Sveriges Television's Rapport news programme.

The opportunity to serve a sentence in a home country already exists and last year 55 people were transferred from Sweden to other EU countries to serve out their time.

But the system is currently based on a set of voluntary rules and in the future it will be harder for the prisoner and the recipient country to refuse a transfer.

Even if the new rules will mean that Swedes convicted of imprisonment in other countries will serve their penalties in Sweden, the pressure on Swedish prisons is expected to decline.

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Aside from custodial sentences the changes also apply to psychiatric care, community service and probation.

The government inquiry is due to be completed by September 30th next year.

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09:35 March 28, 2011 by Rizwan Rahim
good move.....
10:58 March 28, 2011 by Nemesis
Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, etc all adopted this policy years ago.

Sweden is the country that is behind all others, on this one.

It should be interesting to see how many Swedes migrate back home through the jail system. I look forward to those figures.
11:08 March 28, 2011 by AHA
But also make sure that they never ever be allowed to enter Sweden again.

What concers Swedes doing time in Sweden instead of where they commited their crimes so why not, but again make sure that they complete their sentence.
11:27 March 28, 2011 by johnny1939
AHA I agree w/ you. It will be interesting to see what happens. Just one thing, if a swede gets life in a country where life means life? I think life in Sweden is less than 10 yrs and are we than prepared to keep that person for so long. I think it is going to be complicated and expensive. I would much prefer to do my sentence here than in Britain. I understand the prisons are old and terrible there....not to speak of Greece etc.
11:36 March 28, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
The information in this article is unclear. Do people get returned to their country of residence or their country of origin? The article appears to say both, which isn't possible unless they are returning to medieval ways of dealing with criminals.
11:52 March 28, 2011 by flintis
So instead of the criminals getting a letter informing them there is a prison place available, they'll get a plane ticket.

It'll not work in Sweden, there might be a risk that the convict will be sent to a dangerous country, can't have that can we!!!
13:01 March 28, 2011 by bolababu
This opens new avenues for criminals to escape doing time. Someone can commit a crime in Sweden and get sent to a third-world country where a few bucks lets him go home and a few more bucks gets him a new identity and visa to return to the same country.
13:26 March 28, 2011 by Twiceshy
I think this is only valid for intra-EU prisoners. I don't think anyone will be allowed to go to third world country prisons because of this.
14:26 March 28, 2011 by matona1
good sweden prison for swedish
14:41 March 28, 2011 by Syftfel
Does anyone think that this should not be the case??? Twiceshy?? The objective should be to ship them off to the place the punishment is the harshest! Including third-world hell holes. Assuming that the country they are shipped off to does not simply release them. Permanent expulsion should also be added.
16:06 March 28, 2011 by jimmy1988
Seems good, but what about for example if the prisioner is not from Europe country, outside from Europe? I know from searching that most of Swedish prisioners are foreigners, but from countries outside europe, so how is gonna be. Unless they empty their jails by sending the prisioners from the Balcans, Former Jugoslavia, because is the "only prisoners with countries closest to Europe"
17:07 March 28, 2011 by Nemesis

The EU rules on this only apply to EU citizens in EU countries.
17:51 March 28, 2011 by Rick Methven
To all the usual suspects getting a thrill out of the idea of prisoners being sent to some third world "hell hole" to serve a sentence, as nemesis stated the EU rule only applies to EU citizens or those with a residents permit in an EU country. If a Dane is sentenced in Sweden for a crime he would serve his sentence in Denmark, unless he has a Swedish resident permit then he will serve it in Sweden

If a person born in Bosnia with a Swedish residents permit commits a crime in Sweden, then he will serve his sentence in Sweden.

So there is nothing to see here for the usual suspects so bye bye
01:38 March 29, 2011 by wenddiver
I don't know now the EU and Sweden's final program will look, but it will probably look something like the US Program.

1. The Prisioner will have to agree to be sent home to their home country in what is called a "Treaty Transfer.

2. Ussually the transfer has to be reviewed and approved by both nations.

3. The nation involved has to already be a Treaty Transfer nation at time of request.

4. The inmate has to sign paperwork agreeing that he has exhausted all appeals and that he will complete the entire sentence in the transfer country.

5. The inmate has the same parole rights as the original sentencing country.

6. The Department of Justice and State Department monitor the incarceration with unanounced visits to the new prison.

For most it means living in worse conditions, but nearer their families, which can be very important considering the numerous 35 years to Life sentences that are the penalty in US Federal Courts.
07:12 March 29, 2011 by zerotolerancenow
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14:55 March 29, 2011 by Jes
@Jimmy 1988 , please enlight me . Where is the statistics that show that most of Swedis prisoners are foreigners from outside of Europe ?

What is the prisoners population today in Sweden ?
16:40 March 29, 2011 by Rick Methven

Little Jimmy has no idea how many prisoners there are in Sweden, he has never been here and could not even find it on a map
17:16 March 29, 2011 by cogito
@ Rick Methven (#13

"To all the usual suspects getting a thrill out of the idea..."

Usually, "usual suspects" is a reference to the Resistance who sabotaged the local nazi occupiers in the great American movie Casablanca. "Round up the usual suspects" is the memorable line made famous by Claud Rains who played chief of police.

Have long wondered if you consider yourself TL's chief of police. But to give you the benefit of the doubt, let's just agree you've got things all backwards (again).

Suggest you (re)watch the great Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman classic.
20:45 March 29, 2011 by jimmy1988
@ jes: I´m going to enlight you. Go to Statistics of Sweden, or talk to someone that knows about the subject, doesn t need to be a prison guard.

@rick metheven: I know more about Sweden than you will now in your entire life, I am a immigrant like you but I am Swede, just in another country like you.
11:03 March 30, 2011 by Jes
@jimmy1988 , you just undermined your own intelligence by the above remark .

It is you who come up with the insinuation that most Swedish prisoners are foreigners ; it should be you, not "someone who knows the subject" to provide some evidence to back up what you put forward .

Is this subject too big for you afterall ?
16:50 March 30, 2011 by technoviking
@ Jes @ Jimmy

Want some stats?

Ask our beloved Local...www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=2683&date=20051214

@ Rick

And as usual, Rick's most clever response is to declare himself the only expat in all of Sweden. The rest are all US-Zionist shills.

Where am I writing from today, lillebror?
21:05 March 30, 2011 by jimmy1988
@Jes Well Jes you ask to enlight you and you get it. Is not a insinuation it´s a unconvenient truth, " it should be me" ? I know about that subject Im a Swede but not living in Sweden but I know the things that happen there, I know what goes on Sweden.

@Technoviking: The link you post, some things are truth but some is not.
12:36 March 31, 2011 by Jes
@jimmy 1988 , I have not questioned your knowledge about what goes on in Sweden . My problem with you is that you sound like a gossiper when you fail to put some figures behind your "unconvenient truth" .

I beginning to think that you are not exactly an intellectual . I humbly advise you to educate yourself before jumping into the ring .

The bottom line is that it is NOT TRUE that most Swedish prisoners are foreigners from outside Europe ,
12:43 March 31, 2011 by Rick Methven

What people like Jimmy hope is that just like the boy who cried "Wolf", if they keep on pushing the same lies long enough, somebody will believe them. Thankfully it is only those of little intellect that are taken in by it.
14:06 March 31, 2011 by jimmy1988
@Jes Mr. Jes A friend mine works on a prison in Sweden, and I tell you again most of their prisioners are foreigners and most of them from countries outside Europe. Isn´t a question of intellectual but of simple facts.

@Rick Methven: You deffinitelly a immigrant so is normal you are going to defend the foreigners and everything about then.
14:37 March 31, 2011 by Rick Methven

You try to backup your claim by heresay " I have a friend" If you do have a friend, which is highly unlikely, he most probably tells as many lies as you. But only you are gullible enough to believe him.

As for me, after 30 years, I am not an immigrant but a fully fledged member of the community
15:15 March 31, 2011 by Jes
@jimmy 1988 , I can simplify this for and make this a discussion about "simple facts "

How about this ? I too have a friend who works in a prison and he tells me that most of their prisoners are not immigrants .

Note that in this case - I mean simple facts - "MOST" becomes a number .which represents a FACT ., Or shall we say that one immigrant equals 67 non-immigrants ?
17:37 March 31, 2011 by jimmy1988
@Jes well jes if you think a bit not all prisons have the same numbers or the same type of prisioners, and as a Swede your friend is just telling lies and you just give that argument to answer.

@Rickmethven: " A fully fledged of the community" it´s say everthing. Even if you are in Sweden for 40/50 years you still immigrant, you still foreigner.
09:54 April 1, 2011 by Jes
@jimmy 1988 ,

so your point is that "your friend" is telling you the truth but "my friend" is telling me lies ? !

I have to ask again : what type of prisoners are in which prison and in what numbers and nationalities ?

Surely , your friend , who works in prisons , must know someone who knows someone who has some data we can all look at here .
23:56 April 1, 2011 by jimmy1988
@Jes I will get you the information.
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