V will introduce double punishment for violence against prison staff

V will introduce double punishment for violence against prison staff

Berlingske writes on Thursday.

The proposal comes before the upcoming negotiations on a long-term agreement for the Danish Prison and Probation Service, which runs prisons and detention centers.

– The threats and violence happen to the employees in the prisons, and in my opinion it is completely insane, says the Liberal Party’s legal spokesman, Preben Bang Henriksen, to the newspaper.

He admits that it is part of the job as a prison officer that they take on even greater risk than many others by virtue of their work.

– But that does not mean that they have to face everything. That does not mean they should be assaulted or threatened, he says.

According to the rapporteur, the proposal for double punishment must apply to incidents of violence during both working hours and leisure time.

In the first six months of 2021, prison officers have been subjected to violence or threats 288 times.

From 2019 to 2020, the number of such incidents decreased. Whether it is due to the corona pandemic, the Danish Prison and Probation Service is not able to say.

Although the decline immediately indicates a positive development, the violence and threats have become more violent. This is the opinion of Bo Yde Sørensen, who as chairman of the Prison Association represents the employees.

– The seriousness has simply gotten worse in recent years, he says to Berlingske.

He emphasizes that he can not document it with concrete figures, but that it is his impression as federal president.

Source: The Nordic Page




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