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NCJ Number: NCJ 241885    
Title: Penal Policy in Scandinavia (From Crime, Punishment, and Politics in Comparative Perspective, P 217-295, 2007, Michael Tonry, ed. - See NCJ-241880)
Author(s): Tapio Lappi-Seppala
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 79
  Annotation: This essay examines the penal policy in Scandinavian countries.
Abstract: Scandinavian imprisonment rates are among the lowest in Western democracies, despite 20-30-percent increases in recent years, and penal policies generally are among the mildest. Reasons for this include the continuing strength and credibility of the welfare state, high levels of social trust and political legitimacy, consensual and corporatist political cultures, and the central roles of career judges and other non-political practitioners. Political and penal cultures differ somewhat between countries. Crime control is more openly a contentious political issue in some than in others. Policies have become harsher concerning drugs, sex, and violence. Punitive changes, however, tend to be narrowly focused, while other changes in sanctions policies tend to be liberalizing and broad-based. Overall, commitments to liberal values, human rights, and rational policymaking remain strong. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Incarceration and Imprisonment ; Political influences ; Human rights ; Corrections in foreign countries ; Scandinavia
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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Type: Historical Overview ; Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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