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Norway tops foreign prisoner numbers. The highest numbers of foreigners serving time in Scandinavian jails are in Norway, reports say. One in three of the country’s 3,642 prisoners are from another country. Researcher Ragnar Kristoffersen, this is double the number compared to 2006. He tells Bergens Tidende he believes part of the explanation could be that “Norway is an extremely rich country, meaning it is ‘more attractive’ to criminal tourists”, even though Denmark and Sweden have also shown an increase.

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Norway tops foreign prisoner numbers

Published on Tuesday, 6th March, 2012 at 09:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The highest numbers of foreigners serving time in Scandinavian jails are in Norway, reports say.

Bredtveit prison door (Illustration ph.)
Bredtveit prison door (Illustration ph.)
Photo: Ministry of Justice/Flickr


One in three of the country’s 3,642 prisoners are from another country. Researcher Ragnar Kristoffersen, this is double the number compared to 2006.

He tells Bergens Tidende he believes part of the explanation could be that “Norway is an extremely rich country, meaning it is ‘more attractive’ to criminal tourists”, even though Denmark and Sweden have also shown an increase.

Another Norway-based researcher, Leif Petter Olaussen, associate professor at Oslo University’s department of criminology and sociology of law, proposes another reason is Norway’s thinner population density.

“Apart from that, I believe, I believe the high number of foreigners in jails is the result of good and professional police work.”

Foreign experts disagree, however. Criminology professor Jerzy Sarnecki at Stockholm University says Ragnar Kristoffersen’s explanation “sounds good, but I don’t believe criminals are that rational. Most foreign citizens convicted in Sweden are not visiting, but live here. I would have thought it’s the same in Norway.”

“It would surprise me [if Norwegian police do a better job than in neighbouring countries]”, exclaims crime doctor Johan Kardell at the same university, “Sweden and Demark have higher numbers of foreign nationals than Norway.”

“There will be a noticeable increase in the proportion of detained foreigners if Norwegian police arrest and put 20 in jail, but it would make less of an impact if Swedish police did the same.”




Published on Tuesday, 6th March, 2012 at 09:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwayjails, foreignersinnorwegianjails.





  
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