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NCJ Number: 134912 Find in a Library
Title: Prison System of Denmark
Corporate Author: Denmark Ministry of Justice
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: Denmark Ministry of Justice
DK-1216 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Denmark
Annotation: This report discusses crimes, corrections and sentencing policies, and the organization and programs of Denmark's correctional system.
Abstract: Denmark is a small country with a homogeneous population, a longstanding democratic tradition, and limited social tensions. Crime has increased in the last 20 years. Most crimes are property crimes, and punishments include fines, lenient imprisonment, and imprisonment; both lenient imprisonment and imprisonment can be made conditional. Offenders can also be sentenced to treatment or commitment to psychiatric hospitals or homes for mentally retarded persons. Sentencing recognizes the general international principle that imprisonment should be used only as a last resort. Prisoners retain their civil rights, and prisons appear relatively non-institutional. Inmate programs include work, education and training, social welfare services, recreation, religious activities, medical care, visits, and leaves of absence. Photographs
Main Term(s): Foreign correctional systems
Index Term(s): Corrections policies; Denmark; Foreign sentencing
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