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Swedish sex offenders to get internet access

TT/The Local/rm · 6 Apr 2011, 11:55

Published: 06 Apr 2011 11:55 GMT+02:00

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A collective ban against computer and mobile phone use, which was instigated in 2008, has been deemed illegitimate by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

According to Anita Åkesson, head of the Forensic Psychiatry Centre (Rättspsykiatriska regionkliniken) in Växsjö it was impossible for them to maintain the ban pending another report to be filed against them.

“Now we will just have to see how this goes,“ she told news agency TT.

In 2008 the centre banned inmates from having mobile phones, laptops and other personal electronic equipment. The reason behind the ban was to stop inmates from committing further crimes while at the centre, which has happened in the past.

But according to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) collective bans of this kind are not permitted under existing legislation.

The board has now solved the issues by giving each of the wards a computer with an internet connection placed in communal areas.

“We are not taking this all the way. Our patients will still not have access to private computers,” Åkesson told the Dagen Nyheter (DN) daily.

Among the inmates there are two men convicted of child pornography crimes. One has a history of downloading child pornography while being treated at the centre.

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Per Anders Sunesson at the National Board of health and Welfare confirmed to DN that bans must be decided on an individual basis.

“But if someone has been convicted for possessing child pornography it is my opinion that such a person should not have access to the internet,“ he told DN.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:59 April 6, 2011 by Borilla
Next the board will sponsor tours of the centre for dagis and kindergarten groups.
15:47 April 6, 2011 by zeero
Give then visits from kindergartens as well.... what is wrong with this country...?
16:16 April 6, 2011 by eZee.se
This is most interesting.

While pedos (one of the worst scum known to man) are being given back "internet rights" the music industry wants to take away a persons internet rights if they are ***accused*** (not *convicted* or proven) to have downloaded something illegal 3 times (3 strikes).

So to sum up, diddling kids is fine, he might be downloading our songs... that is not fine!

But then again the music industry has been child porn friendly for a long time:


I know this shouldn't surprise me given that the IFPI are fascists (see wikipedia) and the music industries past... but it still does.
19:04 April 6, 2011 by krattan
Växjö misspelled in article.
08:14 April 7, 2011 by technoviking
Absolutely insane.
09:26 April 7, 2011 by Rishonim
This is what I am saying about the justice system in this country. The only way these judges and legislators will ever change their stupidity is when their own kids become victims of paedophile assault.
11:55 April 7, 2011 by Angry Ami
Now there's a good idea....NOT!

Get tough Sweden remember your viking roots!
12:14 April 7, 2011 by Buckshot
My country is messed up.
06:27 April 8, 2011 by Da Goat
perfectly fine to let them back on the net just make sure they have IPCOP between them and the WWW to filter what they can do and go.
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