Rapper A$AP Rocky, who was just charged with assault, has been sitting in a Swedish jail for nearly 3 weeks. Here are 7 photos that show what prisons in the country look like.

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  • The rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault after spending nearly three weeks in jail in Sweden following an altercation in Stockholm.
  • A video showed A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and his associates fighting with men in Stockholm. Rocky’s lawyer has said he acted in self-defence.
  • While awaiting trial, Rocky is being held at the Kronoberg remand prison. A prosecutor, Daniel Suneson, told INSIDER that the rapper could face two years in prison and a fine if he is convicted.
  • Swedish officials have said that their prisons have small populations and that the people inside are encouraged to return to society “in better shape than they were when they came in.”
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The rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault after spending nearly three weeks in jail following an altercation in Stockholm on June 30 involving him and two associates.

The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was detained on July 5. His arrest made international headlines when US President Donald Trump discussed it with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

A video showed Rocky and his associates fighting with two men in Stockholm. Rocky’s lawyer has said he acted in self-defence.

While awaiting trial, Rocky is being held at the Kronoberg remand prison. A prosecutor, Daniel Suneson, told INSIDER that the rapper could face two years in prison and a fine but would likely receive a lesser punishment if he’s convicted.


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Sources told TMZ earlier this month that Rocky was sleeping on a yoga mat and eating little food while at Kronoberg, a facility used for inmates awaiting trial or investigations.

Swedish officials have said that their prisons have small populations and that the people inside are encouraged to return to society “in better shape than they were when they came in.”

Even high-security prisons feature tennis courts and cells that look similar to US dorm rooms.

Here’s a look inside Sweden’s prison system.


In Sweden, suspects are detained in remand prisons during investigations or until they face trial. While detained, people receive three meals a day, and their rooms are cleaned.

JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty ImagesThe high-security prison in Norrtaelje, Sweden.

Source: BBC


Rocky is being held at the Kronoberg remand prison, which has a capacity of 321 inmates. Cells at Kronoberg and many other prisons in Sweden look similar to dorm rooms.

JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty ImagesA room in Norrtaelje’s prison.

Source: Billboard


At Kronoberg, inmates stay in cells with a bed and mattress, a desk, and a TV, and they can also access books and radio, a deputy governor of the prison told Billboard.

JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty ImagesThe prison in Norrtaelje.

Source: Billboard


Though Rocky is in a remand prison, Sweden also has maximum-security prisons. In 2014, the director of Sweden’s prison system said that “some people have to be incarcerated, but it has to be a goal to get them back out into society in better shape than they were when they came in.”

JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty ImagesA kitchen in Norrtaelje’s high-security prison.

Source: The Guardian


Some prisons in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries include “table tennis, pool tables, steel darts, and aquariums,” The Atlantic reported in 2013.

JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty ImagesA hallway in Norrtaelje’s prison.

Source: The Atlantic


Some prisons have basketball and tennis courts available to inmates too. And at Kronoberg, inmates can spend up to five hours a day socialising, the deputy governor told Billboard.

JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty ImagesA basketball court at the Norrtaelje prison.

Source: Billboard


Sweden’s courts have been sending fewer people to prison and increasingly using electronic bracelets and probation. The country’s prison system says there are more people on probation (about 14,000) than in prison (about 4,500) on a given day.

JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty ImagesA fence at the prison in Norrtaelje.

Source: Getty, Kriminalvarden

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