Court Approves Prison Smut Swedish Sex Offender Allowed to Have Porn

Sweden is a land known for cheap furniture, meatballs, blonde women and, well, porn. In fact, it seems porn is such a national institution that it can't even be denied to the nation's sex offenders.


Swedish sex offenders will now be allowed to get their hands on pornographic magazines in their prison cells.
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Swedish sex offenders will now be allowed to get their hands on pornographic magazines in their prison cells.

Some might wonder if giving pornographic magazines to a convicted rapist is really the best way to help him along the path to rehabilitation. But it appears that in liberal Sweden even sex offenders should be free to read what they please in the privacy of their own cells.

The Nordic nation's highest appeals court has ruled that a prison can't deny a convicted rapist his porn, after prison officers had banned the convict from reading his naughty magazines, arguing that it would interfere with his therapy.

The Supreme Administrative Court in Stockholm ruled Monday that sex offenders had the same rights to porn as other inmates. But the prison service says that not only is this counterproductive in terms of the offender's treatment, but porn can cause security problems for staff and inmates because it increased the risk of him relapsing into criminal behavior.

The court, whose ruling cannot be appealed, was not convinced however. It ruled that the prison service had failed to make its case on the security risk posed by magazines.

According to the Swedish English-language news Web site The Local, the man is serving an eight year sentence for rape in Härnösand jail in northern Sweden.

In March 2006, the local district court ruled that the principle of freedom of information was more important than the potential threat posed by the prisoners being allowed access to pornography. The Swedish Prison and Probations Service sought to overturn that verdict, but the Supreme Administrative Court upheld it.

But the prison service is not leaving it there -- it has now asked the government to change the law so that they can continue to ban porn magazines in prisons.

Elizabeth Kwarnmark, a prison service psychologist, criticized the court's ruling. "It increases the risk of assault for other inmates and it is provocative for personnel," she told the Associated Press. And she pointed out that other pornographic material, like adult movies, and porn TV channels and Web sites, were banned in prisons. Child and violent pornography are also banned.

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