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Monday, February 02, 2004

sorry if I keep finding news about jails...

Denmark Prisons Ban Heavy Dumbbells


Associated Press Writer

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Pumping iron - at least heavy dumbbells - will be banned in Danish prisons following complaints by wardens who feel threatened by inmates turning themselves into "monster men," officials said Friday.
"Some inmates have grown to abnormal size," Carsten Pedersen, the chairman of the Union of Danish Prison Officers told The Associated Press. "They have become monster men."
Denmark's Prison and Probation Service decided Thursday evening to immediately remove all dumbbells and weightlifting discs of more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) from fitness centers in the country's 80 state prisons and probation centers.
"We took the decision because our staff feel they are exposed to a risk," Annette Esdorf, the deputy manager of the state-run prison board, said Friday.
Pedersen called it "total madness" that inmates have been using dumbbells of 50 kilograms (110 pounds) in prison gyms.
The prison board's decision came after prison staff had reported "several cases of inmates with aggressive attitudes," Pedersen said, adding that such prisoners represent about 300 of Denmark's 3,500 inmates.
"The combination of heavy dumbbells and anabolic steroids has led to a very harsh and negative prison culture," Pedersen said.
Earlier this week, one of Denmark's most senior police officers, Chief Constable Joern Bro, said it was wrong that "some criminals can get incredible strength in prison."


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