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Not easy for Sweden to send foreign criminals to EU: Prison Service

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Published: 15.Jul.2018 16:03 hrs

Despite new EU rules, the process to send convicted criminals from Sweden to their home countries remains a difficult and time-consuming prospect, according to the Swedish Prison and Probation Service.

The number of transfers between EU prisons have in fact decreased since new rules, designed to make it easier for EU citizens to serve prison sentences in their home countries, were introduced, TT reports.

Around one third of all people who begin serving sentences in Swedish prisons each year are foreign nationals. That has equated to around 3,000 people annually in recent years, TT reports.

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