Inmates who have been sentenced to life would soon be allowed to maintain contact only with people they already knew during the first ten years of their detention. For example, they would not be able to start a love affair with girls or women who are attracted to them from prison.
The 17-year-old girl, described in Danish media as a ‘groupie’, has been in correspondence with Madsen for two years and has spoken to him regularly by telephone. She became jealous when he married a 39-year-old Russian woman from prison last year.
This kind of relationship must come to an end, Danish Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup said according to the BBC. Convicted criminals “should not be able to use our prisons as dating centers or as a stage to brag about their crimes.”
The bill also contains restrictions on the appearance of long-term prisoners in the media. For example, they are no longer allowed to discuss their actions on social media or in podcasts. Madsen was convicted of the murder of Kim Wall, but only made a confession in a documentary broadcast last year.
Contrary to human rights?
In addition, early release may only be discussed after the prisoners have served ten years of their sentence. Now the limit is still two or four years, depending on the crime.
The Danish parliament has a majority in favor of the bill. The law could come into effect early next year. Various interest groups are investigating whether the law does not conflict with the European human rights treaty, which also contains the right to protection of private and family life.