11 August 2007

Celling out

20 percent of convicted criminals do not show up for their prison terms, according to the Norwegian Correctional Services. Prison authorities can do little but hope that the criminals will eventually come knocking on the prison door. […] Criminals sentenced to long prison terms are particularly prone to bunking off.

A big problem because

“It’s difficult to make plans for the prison terms when we have no idea who will show up and who won’t,” said Ellinor Houm, director of the Norwegian Correctional Services, section for eastern Norway.

Why don’t the prisoners show up?

The dilemma facing the prison authorities is that failure to show up at prison is not yet illegal.

Oh, yeah, that’s why.

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