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)
In the course of implementation of the Activity 1.1.1 of the Project – rental (or acquisition) and setting of premises to host 4 halfway houses (open prisons) outside imprisonment institutions, projects of ordinary repair works in the buildings of Vilnius Halfway House, PravieniškėsHalfway House and Marijampolė Halfway House have been drafted. In 2015 Alytus Correction House acquired a building, in which the process of establishment of Alytus Halfway House is in progress. For the purpose of properly setting the premises allotted and acquired for the establishment of the Halfway House, heads of four institutions (Vilnius Correction House, Marijampolė Correction House, Pravieniškės Correction House – Open Prison Colony, and Alytus Correction House), four technical experts and the project manager went on a business trip to the Sandaker Halfway House of the Norwegian partner. During the visit, consultations on different issues of setting a Halfway House were received. In the course of implementation of the Activity 1.1.2 of the Project – Exploitation of Halfway Houses (open prisons), employees of the Project partners that is not applying for funding (Vilnius Correction House, Marijampolė Correction House, Pravieniškės Correction House – Open Prison Colony, and Alytus Correction House) and the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania went on a business trip to Norway, during which got acquainted with organization of work, exploitation and social rehabilitation programs applied by Sandaker and Arupsgate Halfway Houses. Norwegian partners have consulted them on the issues of their concern.
Repair works are currently going on in accordance with the project on ordinary repair works of the building Marijampolė Halfway House is going to be established in.
Purchasing of repair works at Vilnius Halfway House, furniture, domestic appliances, video surveillance system facilities for Alytus and Marijampolė Halfway Houses are also going on.
In the course of implementation of the Activity 1.2.1 of the Project – Selection and employment of personnel for Halfway Houses (open prisons), selection of candidates to take the positions of social workers of the Halfway Houses is going on.
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. New electronic monitoring equipment will have GPS module which means that a person will be monitored not only at home. This new feature will ensure more intensive supervision.
During the project it is planned to buy, install and test new electronic monitoring system and train the staff of probation services. Moreover, 750 conditionally released convicts will be monitored with new equipment.
According to project implementation plan all project activities to be finished by 30th September 2016.
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.
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 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: 5/12/2016 1:30 PM