All occupational activities in prison aim to improve inmates' chances of leading a drug free and law abiding life after having served their sentence.
In prison it is compulsory to partake in occupational activites for six hours daily, Monday through Friday. Activites can be working with assembling subcontracted products, indoor maintenance or laundry, for example.
Prisoners can also study part-time or full-time. The Prison and Probation Service has our own school system with over a 120 accredited high school professors. This enables prisoners to continue their education even if they are translocated to another prison facility.
Activities also include attending rehabilitation programs that target drug- and alcohol abuse, violent behaviour, aggression and criminal behaviour. There are group sessions as well as indivual sessions. Usually programs are combined with work or study.
The policy of the Prison and Probation Service is to try and help prisoners on an indivual basis. Our clients have very varied needs and abilities. Therefore there are other activites that also count as occupational, such as yoga classes, health programs, drama and writing classes, painting and ceramics.
Prisoners earn 13 Swedish krona/hour for all occupational activites.
We only implement evidence based rehanbiltation programs. In order to secure effectiveness the programs are regularly reviewed by a scientific panel and only programs fulfilling the requirements will be granted accreditation.
To be approved, a program must among other things include
- A clear model of change, based on scientific evidence
- Use of effective methods
- Site accreditation, including monitoring of implementation and staff competence
Before applying for accreditation the program is usually tried out in a limited extent during development. After accreditation the aim is to offer the program to all offenders, according to assessed risk and needs.