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Educational Services in Swedish Prisons: Successful Programs of Academic and Vocational Teaching

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Studies Volume: 24 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2011 Pages: 215-226
Michelle D. Pettit; Michael Kroth
Date Published
September 2011
12 pages
This study examined Swedish prison academic and vocational programs.
This article examines Swedish prison academic and vocational programs. The article synthesizes various case studies reported concerning Sweden's prisons and describes the use of successful practices. Data from a previous study conducted in Swedish prisons are presented to show the need for education for offenders and its benefits. A key concept of successful prison management, the Normalization Principle is discussed. In addition, the Prison Treatment Act, established by Sweden in 1994, shows the need for prisoners to be provided with suitable work. This information aids in establishing positive foundations for offender's lives leading to successful re-integration back into society. (Published Abstract)