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NCJ Number: 73590 Find in a Library
Title: Organization of Prison and Probation Services
Corporate Author: National Prison and Probation Admin
Information Unit
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Prison and Probation Admin
S-601 80 Norrkoping, Sweden
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Sweden
Annotation: The organization of and philosophy underlying Swedish prison and probation services are discussed in view of a recent reorganization effort.
Abstract: In 1971, a governmental committee was appointed to undertake a complete reexamination of the needs of the prison and probation services. The committee's recommendations laid the foundation for the proposed reform of the correctional system presented in the Government Budget Proposal for 1973 and was adopted in principle by Parliament. The basic principles of the reorganization of prison and probation services are as follows: (1) the least possible restriction, with noninstitutional treatment being the best form for correctional work; (2) the close coordination of institutional treatment with noninstitutional treatment; (3) the placement of prisoners in local institutions unless the protection of society requires otherwise; and (4) the use of regular social service bodies to help inmates to the greatest possible extent. The work of the Probation and Parole Branch includes the preparation of presentence inquiry reports, supervision, and social work at remand prisons and local institutions. The report also discusses treatment in institutions, covering treatment boards and treatment planning, activities during working hours, vocational rehabilitation, work and study permits, wages, leisure activities, contacts with the outside world, and disciplinary punishments. Duties of local and central supervision boards in the correctional system and activities of committees overseeing the reorganization of prison and probation services are also mentioned.
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections management; Inmate discipline; Inmate Programs; Probation or parole services; Sweden; Vocational training; Work release
Note: Corrections in Sweden Series
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