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Prisoners could be freed under swine flu pandemic. May be sent home if prison staff and inmates become ill. The Ministry of Justice and the Police has asked jails around the country to draw up contingency plans in case of a swine flu pandemic. This could mean that prisoners are set free for a temporary period, or serve the rest of their jail sentences at home. But despite promises of other measures such as electronic ankle bracelets or home visits by authorities to control prisoners’ whereabouts, Geir Bjørkli – head of the Norwegian Prison and Probation Officers Union (NFF) fears that early release will lead to an increase in crime.

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Prisoners could be freed under swine flu pandemic

Published on Monday, 26th October, 2009 at 00:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th October 2009 at 10:24.

May be sent home if prison staff and inmates become ill.

Arendal jail
Arendal jail
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The Ministry of Justice and the Police has asked jails around the country to draw up contingency plans in case of a swine flu pandemic. This could mean that prisoners are set free for a temporary period, or serve the rest of their jail sentences at home.

But despite promises of other measures such as electronic ankle bracelets or home visits by authorities to control prisoners’ whereabouts, Geir Bjørkli – head of the Norwegian Prison and Probation Officers Union (NFF) fears that early release will lead to an increase in crime.

“It will be a challenge both to know where each inmate is at any given time, and to be able to bring them back,” he tells VG.

Per Sandberg – the Progress Party’s (FrP) political spokesman for justice and head of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Justice – would prefer another solution, as the system is dependent upon prisoners returning after the pandemic is over, suggesting either internment in military camps or community service.

However Ellinor Houm, regional director of the eastern parole board, believes the public have nothing to fear.

“Inmates that are a danger to society won’t be released,” she says.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated story, VG reports that the Norwegian Medicines Agency warns people against trying to obtain alternative swine flu vaccines to Pandemrix via mail order, as both frost and high temperatures can reduce or make them lose their effect, with a risk of increased side-effects.

The paper also writes that health officials confirm they have no way at present to ensure that healthy people won’t try to jump the vaccine queue.



Published on Monday, 26th October, 2009 at 00:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th October 2009 at 10:24.

This post has the following tags: swine, flu, vaccine, pandemrix, norwegian, prisoners, inmates, temporary, free, community, service, parole, pandemic.





  
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