Many flaws when Sweden locks people up
There are still many shortcomings in how Sweden keeps people locked. According to the Justice Ombudsman (JO) in a report after inspections in 2015-2017.
Sweden's revenge is not faultless, says JO. Stock Photography.
The system for drug access is also bad for several victims.
The inspections via JO's so-called Opcat unit include, for example, psychiatric clinics and migration repositories, with several places where Swedish authorities hold people deprived of liberty. The new report is based on 58 inspections, from Luleå in the north to Ystad in the south.
In the case of LVU and LVM homes, it is pointed out that there are major differences between different institutions, and some have premises that do not really suit all aspects of the business. It can thus be a lottery where you end up.
In the psychiatric compulsive care, JO puts questions about coercive measures such as belts and body searches. The procedures for this are unclear in several respects. Even in other aspects, space for discretion – for example, outpatients at some clinics "has been conditioned by the patient's behavior."
There people are locked in Sweden
The Justice Ombudsman controls the various types of facilities where Swedish authorities hold people detained. The new report contains a list of such sites, which are not yet complete:
45 forensic institutions (with a total of 4,200 seats)
32 revenues (1,900 seats)
120 policemen (1 350 seats)
24 LVU home (700 seats)
11 LVM home (380 seats)
At least 80 institutions for psychiatric care and legal psychiatric care (approximately 4,000 places)
5 migration repositories (360 seats)