Longer prison sentences

Tougher sentencing options have led to a 61 percent increase in the amount of prison time served over the past 11 years. In the first seven months of the year nearly 80,000 months were spent behind bars. In 2007, sentences for a number of violent crimes were extended, and while that has resulted in longer jail times, opponents say it is no sign of success. "Some falsely believe that tougher sentences results in lowwer crime rates, but that's not always the case," said Linda Nielsen, a law professor at the University of Copenhagen. She called for more emphasis on crime prevention than on punisment. – Politiken