Most clients in Swedish prison are men. Only about five percent are women. Just over half of those who are sent to prison have been in prison before. Inmates are people of all ages, from young persons to pensioners.

During the time in prison, it is the responsibility of the Prison and Probation Service to prepare the inmate for a better life on release, through training, work and various treatment programs.

Substance abuse and criminality are closely related social factors. The Prison and Probation Service is developing validated programs to reduce recidivism and drug abuse and we have also built up treatment and motivational departments at the prisons to help clients overcome their addictions.