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The Project “Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System“
About the project

The Project aims to ensure efficient and successful inmates’ resocialization by developing the Lithuanian penitentiary staff professional training, education and competence building system as well as by creating better custodial, inmates’ resocialization, employment and vocational training conditions.

Project Promoter – Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter – Prison Department).

Tasks of the Projects:

  • To improve inmates’ resocialization and interagency cooperation:

Development and implementation of criminal risk assessment system;

Development and implementation of interventions for criminal risk reduction and positive employment measures;

Development and implementation of an inmate's release model from a correctional facility, half-way house, probation together with NGO;

E-services to inmates;

Development of dynamic security model.

  • To reorganize the Lithuanian penitentiary staff professional training, education and competence building system:

Development of a professional training institution model;

Drafting of curriculum, course modules, descriptions and methodologies;

Organization and realization of the training process;

Establishment of practical training units in the correctional facilities;

Shaping the image of the penitentiary system.

  • To build the infrastructure of a cell-type residential housing with an inmates’ employment centre in Vilnius Correction House and an inmates’ employment centre with the premises for inmates’ resocialization in the 3rd sector of Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony in line with the needs of the Lithuanian penitentiary staff professional training, education and competence building and in compliance with the European standards; and develop electronic monitoring:

Engineering services;

Development of infrastructure (construction of the Professional Training Institution and a residential housing of 200 beds with inmates’ employment centre in Vilnius Correction House, and an inmates’ employment centre with the premises for inmates’ resocialization in the 3rd sector of Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony);

Procurement of furniture, inventory, office equipment;

Development of electronic monitoring.

Project implementation period: 20 August 2020 – 30 April 2024

Project budget: 19 020 728 eur

Target groups of the Project:

The staff of the Prison Department and its subordinate establishments and sentenced inmates shall be direct beneficiaries of the Project.

Indirect beneficiaries of the Project shall be the people of Lithuania and inmates’ relatives.

 

News

 


A meeting of the representatives of the Lithuanian and Norwegian penitentiary facilities and NGOs was hosted by the correction house
On 16 November 2021, within the context of the Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System (PDP 3) implemented under the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms programme Justice and Home Affairs 2014-2021 (hereinafter – NOR Project), Vilnius Correction House hosted a meeting of the representatives of the Lithuanian and Norwegian penitentiary facilities and NGOs, that provide social assistance to inmates. The aim of the NOR Project is to establish an effective process of resocialization of inmates, a modern system of staff vocational education, staff training and competence building and to improve the infrastructure.
The aim of the meeting of 16 November 2021 was to share the experience of cooperation between penitentiary facilities, probation services and NGOs in preparing prisoners for their return back to the community. While introducing their activities the representatives from the correctional institutions of the Kingdom of Norway, noted that their activities are focused on the future, on public safety, and on helping inmates become better members of the community and facilitating them to integrate into a full life. NGOs play a key role in this mission in Norway, as they can assist inmate reintegration into society by offering a wide range of social services and a network of cooperation services. Access to community services and support is very important to inmates during the sentence term, as this aspect significantly facilitates the smooth reintegration into society. Furthermore, the welcoming community facilitates the return of inmates. Information on the social needs of inmates and public education are the key factors. A Norwegian prison has a radio station Bandit, which broadcasts stories about inmates and their lives.
Vilnius Correction House is actively developing cooperation with NGOs. The partners of Vilnius Correctional Institution: Caritas, the National Institute for Social Integration, the Men's Counselling Centre, the Lithuanian Probation Service participated at the mentioned meeting and shared their experience.
The participants of the meeting also visited Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony and Caritas.


Norwegian project partners visited Vilnius Correction House
On 16 September, the project partners from the Kingdom of Norway (lecturers of the University College of Norwegian Correctional Service) visited Vilnius Correction House. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, the Training Centre of the Prison Department, the project working group members, and the management and staff of Vilnius Correction House participated at the meeting.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the project plans and to get acquainted with the activities and plans of the project partner Vilnius Correction House.
Representatives of Vilnius Correction House gave a brief overview of the facility, highlighted its purpose and objectives, talked about the dynamic security and resocialisation activities. A discussion on the specific nature of the facility’s operation, focused on the implementation and development of dynamic security, followed.
Later, the guests toured the infrastructure of the Vilnius Correction House and visited the Halfway House, where they discussed the benefits of the activity and the guidelines for further development.


Training Programs Discussed at the Prison Department
On 15-16 September, the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania hosted a meeting of the working group for the development of dynamic security training programmes with the Norwegian partners from the University College of Norwegian Correctional Service and the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service.
The participants of the meeting discussed four draft training programmes for correctional officers of all levels, developed jointly with the Norwegian partners.
Within the lifetime of the Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System (PDP 3) implemented under the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms programme Justice and Home Affairs 2014-2021 four training programmes for correctional officers of all levels and lecturers of the Training Centre of the Prison Department shall be drafted. The programmes developed under the project will be used for the training of correctional officers and lecturers of the Training Centre of the Prison Department.


Non-governmental organizations are invited to work together to develop an inmates’ release model

The Prison Department invites non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to cooperate in developing an inmates’ release model.

In the process of implementation of the Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System(PDP 3) implemented under the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms programme Justice and Home Affairs 2014-2021, the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice is planning to develop, together with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that assist inmates, an algorithm for joint work with inmates – the release model.

The NGO representatives are invited to participate in the public debate on the Microsoft Teams platform on May 18, 2021, at 10:00 AM on NGOs contribution to the development and implementation of the model. Please, contact valentina.siliuk@kaldep.lt to receive the invitation for the virtual event on the Microsoft Teams platform.

During the debate, the specialists from the Resocialization Unit of the Prison Department will introduce the part of the project related to the development and implementation of the release model.


EUR 19 million will be invested in the training of prison officers and motivation of inmates not only in prison buildings

The press conference held by the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice informed the community and media about the Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service Systemimplemented by the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the Kingdom of Norway. The Project shall be funded from the 2014-2021 Norway Grants Programme, the Project budget – EUR19million.

“Most importantly, the system is not standing still, when we talk about change, we see that we are moving forward. The new modern training centre shall give a start to the training of the correctional officers the system is lacking. We seek the correctional professionals to be respected and equal among other law enforcement officers, and the new training centre would train a motivated correctional officer, who is not questioning his choice of career”- at the press conference said Elanas Jablonskas, Deputy Minister.

The activities of the Project funded by Norway Grants are focused on the most problematic areas of the Lithuanian penitentiary system. Project implementation period – till April 2024.

“This is an unprecedented financial injection into the modernization of the Lithuanian penitentiary system, which will undoubtedly allow us to improve quality. We are grateful to our partners from the Kingdom of Norway for their trust. 19million euros is the annual budget of the penitentiary system, excluding salaries. The Project is focused on the most important factors – first of all, on the resocialization of inmates. We are not satisfied with the high number of inmates serving a custodial sentence and the level of reoffending. Moreover, we plan to upgrade the infrastructure with the allocated funds, the construction of a new and modern facility will ensure appropriate and safe conditions both to staff and inmates. We intend to implement the best Norwegian practice in the new training centre – we are focused on training of new motivated correctional officers,” – said Virginijus Kulikauskas, Director General of the Prison Department.

At the press conference, Rokas Uscila, the Adviser to the Minister of Justice, emphasized that not only buildings but also professional staff are important to the penitentiary system.

“The resocialization part is very important. Investments will be made into the development of the new methods of work with different categories of inmates, e.g., substance abusers or sentenced for violent crimes”, - said Rokas Uscila.

Financial investments of the funds allocated to the joint Project of the Prison Department the Kingdom of Norway will cover one of the priorities – public safety. Vainius Šarmavičius, Deputy Director General of the Prison Department emphasized, that different procedures of working with inmates will be digitalized. E-services to inmates will be introduced, via which inmates will be able to file the requests, e. g. re. shopping in a prison store or similar services. Interventionswill also be adopted: a program for substance abusers, DDP (the Drinking Driver Program) and anger management program.

Infrastructure changes are also planned within the Project – here, on the site, where big abandoned buildings used to stand close to Vilnius Correction House a new training centre for 150 cadets will emerge. A new cell type residential block, as well as premises for inmates’ resocialization and staff, will be built”, Deputy Director General of the Prison Department described the works planned within the Project.

Three new halfway houses will also be established in Lithuania from the Project funds. They are planned in Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai regions.

The funding allocated by the Kingdom of Norway will facilitate the widening of the electronic monitoring system, so-called supervision of inmates with ankle bracelets. Currently, 125 inmates with ankle bracelets may be monitored and provided the possibilities to work, live with their families, build their social lives. After the Project is implemented 3000 inmates will benefit from such possibilities.


Non-governmental organizations are invited to work together to develop an inmates’ Release Model

In the process of implementation of the Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System(PDP 3) implemented under the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms Programme Justice and Home Affairs 2014-2021, the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice is planning to develop, together with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support inmates, an algorithm for joint work with inmates – the release model.

We kindly invite all NGOs, committed to contribute to the improvement of inmates’ resocialization, to participate free of charge in the process of developing the Release Model and contact the Resocialization Unit of the Prison Department by e-mail liubove.jarutiene@kaldep.lt by 11June 2021.

The Project partners from Norway are also expected to be involved in the process of developing the Release Model. They will share good practices resulting from the cooperation between the correctional institutions and NGOs.

Events
Partners

Prison Department

The Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania(hereinafter – Prison Department) is the institution under the governance area of the Ministry of Justice, which aims to methodically manage and control the activities of probation services and custodial facilities.

The Prison Department participates in the national penitentiary and probation policy formation process by organizing, coordinating and controlling the appropriate and unified implementation of probation, criminal sanctions, penal and educational measures, and pre-trial detention in the institutions subordinate to the Prison Department.

Institutions subordinate to the Prison Department:

- Alytus Correction House;

- Marijampolė Correction House;

- Panevėžys Correction House;

- Pravieniškės Correction House -Open Prison Colony;

- Vilnius Correction House;

- Šiauliai Remand Prison;

- Kaunas Remand Prison;

- Central Prison Hospital;

- Training Centre of the Prison Department;

- Lithuanian Probation Service.

The Prison Department also implements the ownership rights and duties of the State Enterprise “Mūsų Amatai”.

The Prison Department is the project applicant and promoter responsible for the proper implementation of the project.

More information: http://www.kaldep.lt/lt/kalejimu-departamentas/pradzia.html

 

Alytus Correction House

Alytus Correction House is the institution subordinate to the Prison Department, which focuses on implementing the national policy by carrying out pre-trial detention, arrest and custodial sentences of offenders sentenced to serve a custodial sentence in prison, a correction house or an open prison colony.

Alytus Correction House is responsible for safety, supervision and isolation of inmates placed in the institution as well as for their material provision and living conditions that respect human dignity and comply with the Lithuanian hygiene standards; the institution implements social work with pre-trial detainees and social rehabilitation of sentenced inmates, organizes inmates’ employment and other purposeful activities and carries out any other functions outlined in the legislation.

Alytus Correction House with NGOs will be involved in the development of the model of walking inmates from a correction house, a halfway house, probation to life in freedom. During the project implementation, Alytus Correction House will adopt work experience and good practices and follow up on the principles of dynamic security. It will also adopt good practices and professional experience in practical training of penitentiary officers from Kriminalomsorgen Innlandet and Bredtveit prison.

More information: http://www.kaldep.lt/lt/apn/pradzia_1216.html

 

Marijampolė Correction House

Marijampolė Correction House is the institution subordinate to the Prison Department, which focuses on implementing the national policy by carrying out pre-trial detention, arrest and custodial sentences of offenders sentenced to serve a custodial sentence in prison, a correction house or an open prison colony.

Marijampolė Correction House is responsible for safety, supervision and isolation of inmates placed in the institution as well as for their material provision and living conditions that respect human dignity and comply with the Lithuanian hygiene standards; the institution implements social work with pre-trial detainees and social rehabilitation of sentenced inmates, organizes inmates’ employment and other purposeful activities and carries out any other functions outlined in the legislation.

Marijampolė Correction House with NGOs will be involved in the development of the model of walking inmates from a correction house, a halfway house, probation to life in freedom. During the project implementation, Marijampolė Correction House will adopt work experience and good practices and follow up on the principles of dynamic security. It will also adopt good practices and professional experience in practical training of penitentiary officers from Kriminalomsorgen Innlandet and Bredtveit prison.

More information: http://www.kaldep.lt/lt/mpn/naujienos-mpn.html

 

Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony

Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony is the institution subordinate to the Prison Department, which focuses on implementing the national policy by carrying out pre-trial detention, arrest and custodial sentences of offenders sentenced to serve a custodial sentence in prison, a correction house or an open prison colony.

Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony is responsible for safety, supervision and isolation of inmates placed in the institution as well as for their material provision and living conditions that respect human dignity and comply with the Lithuanian hygiene standards; the institution implements social work with pre-trial detainees and social rehabilitation of sentenced inmates, organizes inmates’ employment and other purposeful activities and carries out any other functions outlined in the legislation.

During the project implementation at Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony, a modern penitentiary infrastructure will be developed which will meet the international human rights standards and the needs of the penitentiary staff of the facility. The occupation of inmates will be organized in line with the practice and knowledge adopted from Kriminalomsorgen Innlandet and Bredtveit prison. The provision of services to inmates will be modernized, intervention programs and measures to reduce the criminal risk will be adapted. The motivated penitentiary staff will facilitate adoption and efficient adaptation of the principles of dynamic security used by the correctional officers of the Kingdom of Norway. A practical training centre for the correctional officers will be established. Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony will also participate in the process of walking inmates from the correctional facility.

More information: http://www.kaldep.lt/lt/pravienpn-ak/pradzia-apn_362.html

 

Vilnius Correction House

Vilnius Correction House is the institution subordinate to the Prison Department, which focuses on implementing the national policy by carrying out pre-trial detention, arrest and custodial sentences of offenders sentenced to serve a custodial sentence in prison, a correction house or an open prison colony.

Vilnius Correction House is responsible for safety, supervision and isolation of inmates placed in the institution as well as for their material provision and living conditions that respect human dignity and comply with the Lithuanian hygiene standards; the institution implements social work with pre-trial detainees and social rehabilitation of sentenced inmates, organizes inmates’ employment and other purposeful activities and carries out any other functions outlined in the legislation.

During the project implementation at Vilnius Correction House, a modern penitentiary infrastructure will be developed which will meet the international human rights standards and the needs of the penitentiary staff of the facility. The practice and knowledge will be adopted from Kriminalomsorgen Innlandet and Bredtveit prison and a modern centre for training, vocational training and occupation of inmates will be established. The provision of services to inmates will be modernized, intervention programs and measures to reduce the criminal risk will be adapted. The motivated penitentiary staff will facilitate adoption and efficient adaptation of the principles of dynamic security used by the correctional officers of the Kingdom of Norway. A practical training centre for the correctional officers will be established. Vilnius Correction House will also participate in the process of walking inmates from the correctional facility.

More information: http://www.kaldep.lt/lt/vilniauspn/new_1429.html

 

Kaunas Remand Prison

Kaunas Remand Prison is the institution subordinate to the Prison Department, which focuses on implementing the national policy by carrying out pre-trial detention, arrest and custodial sentences of offenders sentenced to serve a custodial sentence in prison, a correction house or an open prison colony.

Kaunas Remand Prison is responsible for safety, supervision and isolation of inmates placed in the institution as well as for their material provision and living conditions that respect human dignity and comply with the Lithuanian hygiene standards; the institution implements social work with pre-trial detainees and social rehabilitation of sentenced inmates, organizes inmates’ employment and other purposeful activities and carries out any other functions outlined in the legislation.

During the project implementation, Kaunas Remand Prison will engage in the development and implementation process of START: AV, a criminal risk assessment tool for adolescents. It will adopt work experience and good practices and follow up on the principles of dynamic security.

More information: http://www.kaldep.lt/lt/kaunoti/naujienos-kaunoti.html

 

Training Centre of the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania

Training Centre of the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter – Training Centre)is a vocational education institution, which focuses on training cadets to obtain qualifications and competence necessary for correctional officers, and to upgrade the competence of correctional officers and staff.

Training Centre provides vocational and introductory education and competence upgrading for the penitentiary staff.

Once the project is completed, the Training Centre of the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania will become the bridging institution for the Lithuanian penitentiary system, where practical and scientific knowledge is accumulated, organized, updated and used for staff training, and relevant research is carried out. During the lifetime of the project, a new staff competency framework will be developed, existing and new strategic documents of the training institution will be revised, curricula for correctional officers of all ranks, teachers, instructors will be drawn up, the correctional officer modular vocational education program will be updated, the Norwegian practical training model for correctional officers will be adapted and positive experience of correctional officers’ work adopted. A modern, innovative training infrastructure will be created to meet the training, qualification upgrading and retraining needs of correctional officers, cadets, professionals, social workers.

More information: http://www.kaldep.lt/lt/kdmc/pradzios_puslapis.htm

 

Lithuanian Probation Service

Lithuanian Probation Service is the institution subordinate to the Prison Department, which focuses on implementing the national policy on probation, community services and restriction of freedom, penal and educational measures; and conducts an investigation of an offender's social environment, criminogenic factors, other circumstances that may help the court to individualize the conditions of probation.

During the implementation of the project, the Lithuanian Probation Service will draw up a strategy on electronic monitoring devices by adopting the experience and knowledge of the Oslo Probation Service, and intervention tools used by the Norwegian partners for criminal risk reduction will be adapted. The Lithuanian Probation Service will engage in the development and implementation process of START: AV, a criminal risk assessment tool for adolescents. The probation officers will broaden their scope of work following the Norwegian model of walking inmates from the correctional facilities, and the work with future probationers will be started at the correction house involving NGOs in the process of inmates’ resocialization.

More information: http://www.kaldep.lt/lt/papt/pradzia-apn_641.html

 

Kriminalomsorgen Innlandet

Kriminalomsorgen Innlandet consists of the former units Vestoppland prison, Hedmark prison, Hedmark and Oppland probation office and Kongsvinger prison. The purpose of merging the units is to establish a seamless execution of sentences under a joint management. Following the merger, Kriminalomsorgen Innlandet is Norway's largest prison and probation unit.

During the project implementation, Kriminalomsorgen Innlandet will consult on the application of dynamic security principles. They will also participate at the joint meetings of the partners, disseminate knowledge on the issues of inmates’ resocialization, supervision, training, release; share its experience of collaboration with NGOs, probation services, other social partners; facilitate the establishment of the practical training centres for the correctional officers in Lithuania.

https://www.kriminalomsorgen.no/innlandet-kriminalomsorgen-innlandet-avd-samfunn-hamar.5024841-237841.html

 

Bredtveit Prison

Bredtveit Prison is a nationwide institution for female prisoners. The Prison has a high security and low security units. Low security unit in collaboration with public organizations is focused on inmates’ preparation for release, addiction treatment.

During the project implementation, Bredtveit prison will share good practices and professional experience in practical training of penitentiary officers, facilitate the establishment of the practical training centres for the correctional officers in Lithuania. They will also advise on the training of internship mentors and on the issues of dynamic security; participate at the joint meetings of the partners, disseminate knowledge on the issues of inmates’ resocialization, supervision, training, conditional release; share its experience of collaboration with NGOs, probation services, other social partners.

https://www.kriminalomsorgen.no/bredtveit-fengsel-og-forvaringsanstalt.5022891-237612.html

 

University College of Norwegian Correctional Service

University College of Norwegian Correctional Service (KRUS) offers the only primary education for prison officers in Norway through an accredited two-year programme leading to the degree University College Graduate in Correctional Studies. It also offers a supplementary course for students wanting to achieve a Bachelor's Degree in Correctional Studies. In addition to the primary education, KRUS also offers non-accredited further education and is responsible for planning, teaching, and hosting a number of courses and conferences for employees of the correctional services and partner organisations. KRUS is a centre of knowledge for the correctional services and partners, as well as being involved in research and professional development.

During the project implementation, the University College of Norwegian Correctional Service (KRUS) will facilitate its Lithuanian partners to adopt and adapt interventions for reduction of criminal risk, positive occupation tools for inmates, dynamic security development methods. It will also participate in the training for senior management, vocational teachers of correctional officers, program trainers and internship mentors.

https://www.krus.no/english.511948.no.html

 

Oslo Probation Office

There are 17 probation offices in 40 locations. Probation offices are responsible for the implementation of community sanctions, like the community sentence, the program against intoxicated driving, release on license, home detention with or without electronic monitoring, and for the writing of pre-sentence reports. The probation office in charge of implementing the sentence will then carry out an intake with the offender and establish the contents in the sentence. This may consist of (a part with) unpaid work and other activities that are deemed to be important for preventing re-offending for the individual offender.

During the project implementation, Oslo Probation Office will share the practical experience on the use of electronic monitoring tools, will facilitate drawing up of the strategy for the use of electronic monitoring tools in Lithuania. They will also present the interventions to reduce the criminal risk, assist in their adaptation for the use in Lithuania and take part in the preparation of manuals for the programs; share their long-standing experience on improving inmates’ resocialization in close cooperation between Oslo Probation Offices, Oslo Halfway House and officials of the correctional facilities and other halfway houses of the Kingdom of Norway and representatives of NGOs.

https://www.kriminalomsorgen.no/?cat=536003#

 

Oslo Half-way House

Halfway houses ensure an offender’s gradual reintegration back to normal life. After serving part of the sentence in prison an inmate may be transferred to a halfway house. An offender shall not be transferred provided an offender refuses to cooperate in seeking the aims of the sentence or puts the security of the institution at risk and there’s a justified reason to consider an inmate will evade a sentence. Inmates willing to live in a halfway house must work. They may find a job themselves or a prison/ social welfare may assist them.

During the project implementation, Oslo Halfway House will share the best operational practices, experience in cooperation with correctional facilities, probation office and NGOs; showcase the process and outcomes of close collaboration; facilitate the implementation of the model of walking inmates from a correction facility; consult on the issues of dynamic security.

https://kriminalomsorgen.custompublish.com

 

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