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The emotions when Svedala folkomröstar of jail time

It was when the municipality and the prison service unveiled its ”lokaliseringsstudie” känslostormen in Svedala started. Nine potential sites was singled out: Here would be a prison with about 300 places to end up.

I sat up half the night then. Looked at Hemnet, wondered if we could stay the night. The one where the study led us to realize that the prison was likely to change Svedala to a place where we wanted to live, " says Anja Malmqvist.

Image 1 of 3 ”Lokaliseringsstudien got us to realize that the prison is liable to change Svedala to a place where we do not want to stay,” says Anja Malmqvist, who together with her husband Martin Pråme Malmqvist engaged in the KD. Photo: Anders Hansson Slide 2 of 3 Anja Malmqvist is chair of the christian democrats in Sweden. ”The politicians who sat in power had a completely different vision for the Svedala than what I had,” she says. Photo: Anders Hansson Slide 3 of 3 ”I think it will be a no but it's not the end of the story,” says Martin Pråme Malmqvist (KD). Photo: Anders Hansson Slideshow

Now she is president of the christian democrat organization in Svedala, sweden. For a little more than a year ago, she had never engaged politically.

The nine sites were the places that we think most about in the municipality. Our own village, our swimming lake. When you pointed out these places as suitable for this storanstalten so I felt that the politicians who then was in power, had a completely different vision for the Svedala than what I had. So then I felt that I had to engage me.

Together with her husband Martin Pråme Malmqvist she gave life to the dormant association KD Svedala.

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in the Swedish prison and probation service.

the Coating is the closest one hundred percent everywhere. In the prisons with the highest security prison, every single place is now busy – in spite of special measures, among other things, that inmates may share rooms, and visiting rooms currently used as living area.

But the construction of a new prison in Sweden, does not solve the acute problems.

" this is part of a long-term planning to renew anstaltsbeståndet. The last thing we put down was Kirseberg which was a hundred years old institution. Then we need the replace the Kirseberg in the surrounding area, close to Malmö, " says Per Björkgren, regional manager for the South region of the Correctional service.

" this has become a political issue and we must await and see what happens. But no matter how the question goes forward in Svedala, so we need to anstaltsplatser in the south of Sweden.

The Swedish EU election campaign enters its final week. It has acted on the big issues: the environment, migration. Cross-border stöldligor. On Sunday of next week, the EU's citizens to vote.

For citizens in Svedala is a lot at stake also in the area.

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– There are thirty football pitches, " says Bertil Lindberg to explain how large fängelseanläggningen would be.

He engages in the ”No-movement” and he stands here on Thursday, ten days before the referendum outside the Ica store in Svedala municipality and the second largest urban area Only. He offers cakes adorned with a pink ”N”. ”No-cookies”.

Mats Bentmar, chairman of the new party Love Svedala breaks in.

" Sixty pitches, it is.

who has woken up in Svedala, then fängelsefrågan came up on the agenda: During the last spring, the association Fängelsefritt Svedala. Some time later, was born out of the association also party Love Svedala. The sweden democrats have shifted on the issue and is now against the prison.

When the representatives of the association - in september last year - submitted a petition with 2.263 name to the municipal government, made it possible for the new political situation that the referendum would become a reality. A few days later got both KD and Love Svedala seats in the city council, after being pushed fängelsefrågan hard.

”No-movement” is multi-faceted. The association Fängelsefritt Svedala has information about 500 members. And just over 1,500 people is in the association's facebook page. Engagement is great – but the basis for involvement differs: the Prison is a threat to the natural environment. the
People with a criminal background may move to the municipality.
the Building is going to be terribly ugly in the Svedalas beautiful environment.

Image 1 of 3 Therese Jacobsen Heather intend to vote no. Photo: Anders Hansson Slide 2 of 3 Mats Bentmar is the chairman of the party Love Svedala, which was formed to push for a ' no ' to prison. After the elections in the fall, is the party represented in the municipal council. Photo: Anders Hansson Slide 3 of 3 Bertil Lindberg do not want to see a prison in the municipality. Here he shares out the ”No-cookies” to citizens outside the Ica store in Just. Photo: Anders Hansson Slideshow

Therese Jacobsen Heather saying no to ”No-page” cake on the plaza outside the Ica store in Just. But intend to still vote no to the prison.

– It is just an egoistic feeling, if I may express myself so. Of course I have to have prisons, I want to have jails. But I don't want to have them where I live.

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a prison?

”Yes-side” has no active movement. But the arguments you hear:

A great plant with good long-term approach can provide job opportunities, both at the prison and in connection to it. the
Sweden need this – Svedala, sweden can contribute to a safer society.

And so the argument for a ”yes vote” that is heard the most clearly from a political perspective: the Referendum will at a stage where there isn't really anything to vote on. We're not going to say no than.

" I had hoped that the prison service had come further in their project. So that I could also take a position to their thoughts. I have nothing to take a position on than. But I will vote ”yes” for I want to hear what Probation has to tell. And I am secure in that I can say no, concretely, at other times, " says board chairman Linda Allansson-Wester (M).

”I will vote 'yes' because I want to hear what Probation has to tell you”, says the president of (M) Linda Allansson Wester. Photo: Anders Hansson

She has been involved in the process from the beginning, then the memorandum of understanding with the Correctional service was written on February 1, 2017. ”Svedala municipality are positive to the prison service intends to establish new kriminalvårdsanläggning”, it was, and the two parties said they agreed to set up a common project organization.

the Estimated time to complete construction: about 5 to 10 years.

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been infected in Sweden. Votes from the ”No-movement” has accused the leading politicians in the municipality of distorting the facts, set up a debate ahead of the referendum. The municipality's head of communications, has JO-been reported to have hired a pr agency in efforts to inform the citizens of the fängelsefrågan. A notification which was not taken further by JO.

For the christian democrats Anja Malmqvist and Martin Pråme Malmqvist is both reason and feeling in the matter. When lokaliseringsstudien came they were miserable.

" We had once decided that this should be our place on earth. It is here we educate our children, it is here they get to run free – but we know where they are. All risked to be in danger, " says Martin Pråme Malmqvist.

" Our engagement was brought on the basis of a gut feeling. And then when we decided to operate this politically, we have tried to stick to objective facts. Put us into what it is that is at stake.

Anja Malmqvist dare not hope that it will be a ”no” in the referendum. Spouse Martin Pråme Malmqvist is more hopeful – but see that the battle can be longer than to the next Sunday. The referendum is advisory, the city council has not announced how the results will be used.

"I think it will be a no but it's not the end of the story," says Martin Pråme Malmqvist.

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