Criminal Sanctions for Drug Offenses in Sweden, 2012
"The most common sanction issued to those convicted of drug offences is a fine, in the form of either a summary fine issued by the prosecutor or a court sentence. Those issued fines accounted for 58% of all those convicted of drug offences in 2012. In 2012, 29% of those convicted of drug offences took the form of waivers of prosecution, whereas 5% involved prison sentences.
"The increase in the total number of persons being convicted of drug offences is also mirrored as an increase in virtually all of the different sanctions. The number of fines has more than doubled over the period examined, from 4,580 persons in 2002 to more than 13,100 in 2012. The number of persons sentenced to a prison term has on the other hand decreased from 1,580 in 2002 to 1,140 in 2012. The average length of the prison term issued in 2012 was 13 months."
Swedish National Institute of Public Health. "2013 National Report (2012 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Sweden: New Developments, Trends and in-depth information on selected issues." Östersund: Swedish National Institute of Public Health, 2013, p. 84.