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Implementation of 2009 - 2014 m. Norwegian Financial Mechanisms Programme Nr. LT 14 "Correctional services including non-custodial sanctions" in Lithuania

PROJECT NO 1: PRECONDITIONS FOR DECREASING RECIDIVISM RATES OF INMATES SERVING THEIR SENTENCES IN CLOSED PRISON NR. 3 OF PRAVIENISKES CREATED

 

Project objective: Overcome challenges connected to growing prison populations and prison overcrowding

Type of institution: Government ministry

  • Project code: NOR-LT14-TM-01-TF-01-001
  • Project duration: 2014-07-02 - 2017-12-08

Project promoter: Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania

Project partner Pravieniskes Correction House-Open Prison Colony is a direct beneficiary of project’s results. Project partner does not receive       funding.

 

Total project value

3503564.00 €

  • Project status: In Progress
  • Municipality that receives benefit:The project is carried out in: Kauno apskritis

 

Project summary

Prison overcrowding and high level or re-offending is the main problem of Lithuanian correctional system. The objective of the project is to improve living conditions and the quality of inmates` re-socialization in Closed Prison No. 3 of Pravieniskes. This will be achieved by reconstructing dormitory type premises into cells and strengthening focus on inmate`s social rehabilitation process by increasing the number of officers providing re-socialization services (by 30 officers). Inmates are the main beneficiaries within this project – it will help to manage prison overcrowding (reduction of total capacity of prison by 134 places). Technical solution of prison reconstruction will help to avoid accidents of inmates aggression and inter-violence as well as danger for possible accidents caused by inadvertently use of gun (armed guarding will be replaced by modern technical perimeter security devices). New social workers and development of dynamic security model will enable to redouble efforts pointed to inmate re-socialization and integration into society that imply decreased recidivism rates of inmates released from prison.

 

More information

The project is aimed at effective tackling of the problem characteristic to the majority of the Lithuanian penitentiary institutions – the influence of current imprisonment conditions to re-offending. In the existing “dormitory“ type premises inmates are accommodated 15-20 (sometimes even more) in one room. Such situation allows occurrence of informal criminal subculture. The environment stipulates the submission to the subculture thus pushing inmates’ personalities to become more criminalized and results in the loss of skills for living in a social, law abiding community hereby increasing the risk of re-offending after release as well as the rate of prison population. Handling of the problem requires the current type of imprisonment to be transformed into cell type imprisonment. Inmates should be accommodated no more than 4 per cell, space per 1 inmate should be up to 5 m2, and cells should be locked at night in order to isolate inmates and secure them from negative influence. The possibility to isolate oneself shall facilitate to maintaining emotional balance under pressure and stress and become an obstacle for implementation of hierarchy relations that shall allow inmates’ differentiation and enhance their behavior control and correction. In the process of the project implementation the dormitory type premises of Pravieniškės CH-OPC Board No. 3 shall be reorganized into cell type premises with better conditions for isolation of inmates and their re-socialization. Technical expertise of 4 dormitory type buildings shall be carried out, working and technical projects prepared, project expertise carried out and buildings will be reconstructed into cell type premises as well as equipment procured for the premises. Pravieniškės CH-OPC Board No. 3 was selected due to its infrastructure compliance to project aims as well as for the need of the implementation of the project tools. Seeking essential improvement of re-socialization process and reduction of re-offending risk we face the need for increasing of staff in direct contact with inmates. There is only one way to do that withholding from enormous financing – change armed fixed perimeter security to modern technical security means, redistribute armed guards, part of them requalifying into dynamic security officers to work directly with inmates in reconstructed buildings, delegating them some functions of social rehabilitation. In the process of the project implementation modern technical security devices shall be installed along the perimeter, technical and engineering devices for tracking of forbidden items, control of inmate movement as well as for prevention of offences inside the institution shall be installed and updated. After implementation of the project the quality of re-socialization services to inmates shall be improved, the number of inner investigations on inter-inmate violence shall be reduced. Significant improvement of accommodation conditions for inmates as well as arranged environment shall reduce negative impact of imprisonment on an inmate’s personality, the conditions shall allow better implementation of the programs on social reintegration and individual work with an inmate; shall ensure the implementation of the international standards of human rights in enforcement of imprisonment. The project benefitiary shall be the project partner Pravieniškės CH-OPC.

 

PROJECT NO 2: REDUCTION OF NUMBER OF INMATES IN HIGH-SECURITY PRISONS THROUGH ESTABLISHMENT OF 4 NEW HALFWAY HOUSES (OPEN PRISONS) (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE PROJECT)

 The improvement of the penitentiary system is the main reach of the Project, justified by international law regulation. Within the Project four half-way houses were established with 80 places (20 each) for inmates, those who according to different conditions continue their sentence. Due to this reason a number of inmates performing the sentence in open type prison (half-way house) is increased after the end of the Project (30-04-2017). On the other hand, a number of inmates performing the sentence in high security prison is reduced. Better half-way house inmate social rehabilitation and integration into society is also purpose of the Project and this is done by making conditions for them to take part in social life in more active way behind the walls. The Project aims reducing recidivism at least 5 percent, calculating those inmates who returned back after leaving the half-way house.

The half-way houses were established in Vilnius, Pravieniskes, Marijampole and Alytus (20 places each, 80 at all). Each half-way house employs 16 social workers and 16 security officers are selected from relevant correctional house for work in half-way house. Social workers and security officers apply intensive social rehabilitation for inmates transferred from correctional house into half-way house.

Alytus half-way house started in March 2016, Marijampole – in May 2016, Vilnius – in December 2016 and Pravieniskes – in February 2017.

 

PROJECT NO. 3: PROJECT NOR-LT14-TM-01-TF-01-003 “APPLICATION OF ELECTRONIC MONITORING FOR CONDITIONALLY RELEASED CONVICTS”

Electronic monitoring equipment is used as a surveillance tool to track whether conditionally released convicts comply with their obligations (for instance, to remain home between specified hours or avoid certain public places etc.).
Project aims to increase the number of conditionally released convicts by using electronic monitoring as a safe and
innovative alternative to imprisonment. By the project acquired 125 electronic surveillance monitoring sets (electronic ankle bracelet and home monitoring unit), electronic monitoring software, high accuracy virtual machine with server as well as related services. New electronic monitoring equipment is equipped with GPS module which means that a person will be monitored not only at home. This new feature ensure more intensive supervision.
During the project acquired electronic monitoring system installed, tested and organized training for over 100 probation officers. Moreover, until the end of the Project activities 350 conditionally released convicts will be monitored with new system.
According to project implementation plan all project activities to be finished by 30th April 2017.

PRESS RELEASES

ELECTRONIC MONITORING OF THE CONVICTS RUN 24/7

INVESTMENT IN ELECTRONIC MONITORING SYSTEM PAYING OFF

 

PROJECT NO. 4: IMPROVED CONDITIONS FOR INMATES OF VULNERABLE GROUPS IN PRISONS (IMPROVED HEALTH CARE SERVICES, REDUCED ACCESSIBILITY OF PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS FOR ADDICTED INMATES AND CREATE NECESSARY CONDITIONS FOR RE-SOCIALIZATION OF FEMALE INMATES WITH CHILDREN)

IS FINANCED BY NORWEGIAN FINANCIAL MECHANISM 2009-2014 PROGRAMME LT14 CORRECTIONAL SERVICES INCLUDING NON-CUSTODIAL SANCTIONS

Trends of project activities
a) Improvement of healthcare services to vulnerable groups of inmates (mentally disabled, ill with infectious dangerous diseases (AIDS/HIV, TB, Hepatitis, etc.) in need of permanent health care and drug addicts by transfer of Central Prison Hospital from Vilnius to new premises in Pravieniškės.
b) Establishment of a separate sector – Rehabilitation Centre – for addicted inmates in Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony (sector No. 2). This will prevent from increase of prison capacity – a separate sector will be isolated from others in Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony (sector No. 2).
c) Improvement of re-socialization for sentenced mothers with children up to 3 years old in Panevėžys by obtaining a house outside a correction house where 5 mothers with children will be accommodated.
Project value (administrative costs including) is 1.567.137 eur.
Expected outcomes
1. After reconstruction of Therapeutic unit (60 places) and Psychiatric unit (30 places), ill inmates of vulnerable groups will be provided progressive medical treatment and professional healthcare services in compliance with international standards.
2. After procurement of 81 pcs of modern medical equipments medical diagnostics will be improved.
3. Reduced maintenance costs of Central Prison Hospital by more effective use of premises, saving costs for energy and inmate escort to municipality hospitals.
4. After reconstruction of premises in Pravieniškės CH-OPC (sector No.2) and adapting them for use as Rehabilitation Centre for addicted inmates (30 places) re-socialization of such groups shall be improved.
5. After procurement of a house with a piece of land conditions for re-socialization and re-integration will be arranged for at least 5 sentenced mothers with children now accommodated in a correction house.

Objective of the Project: focus on vulnerable groups in penitentiary institutions. Project activities are planned to be implemented before May 2016.

PROJECT RESULTS

 

PROJECT NO. 5 IMPROVING COMPETENCES BOTH OF INMATES AND PRISON STAFF

More than 1100 penitentiary officers out of 1515 participated at the trainings in the course of implementation of the project. Eight penitentiary officers were on internships at the Staff Academy of the Correctional Service of Norway (KRUS) and elaborated four curricula based on the Norwegian experience, two of the curricula are focused on improving competences of penitentiary staff, the other two – on improving competences of inmates. In the process of implementation of the project 18 different topics were elaborated, of them 16 were focused on penitentiary staff trainings and 2 – on inmates. More than 550 penitentiary officers have already participated at the trainings out of planned 650.

Currently the ongoing trainings in compliance with the elaborated curricula – Integration of Junior Penitentiary Officers into the Resocialization of Inmates and Requalification of Guards to Work in Dynamic Security – for staff and Psychology of Crisis and Motivation to Work and Improvement of Social Skills for inmates are being implemented.

A comprehensive school was equipped and opened on 1 December 2015 in the new premises of Kaunas Juvenile Remand Prison. Thus the constitutional right of juveniles to education in proper conditions was ensured. The project implemented the right to education both to pre-trial and sentenced juveniles.

The project aims already achieved in the course of its implementation are the following: improvement of organization of penitentiary work, staff competences, administrative and professional skills, organization of supervision and social rehabilitation for inmates, juveniles are allowed to participate both in formal and non-formal education. The new classrooms, learning materials and spacy learning premises ensure quality of secondary education provided to juveniles.

Updated on: 10/05/2017 8:24 AM
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