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Prisoner reports jail after waiting for loo roll

The Local/og · 14 Feb 2012, 07:26

Published: 14 Feb 2012 07:26 GMT+01:00

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The detainee was so unsatisfied with the service that he made an official report to the Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsmannen).

“This is the first time I have heard of something like this. The criticism is legitimate,” said Christer Krohn, the corrections manager of the detention centre, to the Nyheter24 news site.

The detainee was being held in Gothenburg, western Sweden, and had complained of stomach problems, according to the paper, yet it was still hours before the night staff arrived with the paper.

The inmate also complained that a book he had ordered took over a month to arrive, and writing paper with envelopes took several days to be delivered.

The Parliamentary Ombudsman said the incident was ‘unacceptable’.

According to Krohn, the matter will be taken seriously and handled quickly. He stated to the paper that the centre will take up such issues in future meetings, and will emphasize the importance of following procedures.

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At the time of the man's custody, in April, the prison was newly opened.

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Your comments about this article

09:35 February 14, 2012 by saar
Could have used his left hand
10:06 February 14, 2012 by blursd
"And this Chateaux Le Blanc '84 is supposed to be served 'slightly chilled' ... this is ROOM TEMPERATURE!!!"
10:07 February 14, 2012 by Abe L
Makes me wonder why inmates get toilet paper at all, or the right to report detention centers. They are after all prisoner who where removed from society because they couldn't abide the rules.
10:22 February 14, 2012 by zooeden
Next time dont bring paper at all!!!
10:47 February 14, 2012 by gabeltoon
This sounds like an APRIL fools joke seeing as the prisoner was in custody in APRIL.
12:24 February 14, 2012 by Grokh
dont commit crimes, so you dont have to be in jail , otherwise stfu and wait for the roll as long as it takes.
12:48 February 14, 2012 by GLO
Let them eat cake! I just dont see the problem......
15:02 February 14, 2012 by Frobobbles
So spoiled, these swedes. Must have their toilet paper. Why didn't he use the bidet instead. It is also more sanitary.
15:03 February 14, 2012 by Cephalectomy
what is wrong with you guys? no sympathy ?

lot of people can be put in prison cuz of a mistake you know
15:46 February 14, 2012 by Svensksmith
I have a box full of old sandpaper that I'd be willing to donate.
16:00 February 14, 2012 by Tanskalainen
"Stranded" (to the tune of "Branded")


stranded on the toilet bowl!

What do you do when your'e stranded

and you can't reach the roll?

To prove you're a man

you must use your hand......
23:31 February 14, 2012 by stevo1
thought prisons were meant to be hard. sounds like they're hotels here.

where i'm from you're to scared to take a sh*t in the first place, and you definately wouldn't complain about anything, as you can bet your bottom (excuse the pun) dollar the screws (prison officers) would make your life even more of a living hell.
19:19 February 17, 2012 by SuperTulle
@steveo1: In Sweden we have rules against that sort of thing. Prisoners or not, they're still human you know.

In fact, I do believe it's in the Geneva Convention that prisoners should be treated fairly and humanely. And remember that the GC applies to prisoners of war, from a foreign country, and not your own citizens. Is it too much to ask that a nation treat it's own citizens better than it treats their foreign combatants?
04:19 February 19, 2012 by Trenatos
@stevo1; You're a m***n.

SuperTulle said it right.

Just because you broke a law and ended up in jail doesn't mean the jailors are allowed to break the law in their acting towards a prisoner.

As it says in the article, the critisism was justified.
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