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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

The Project is funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 and co-financing.

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.

 

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Norway contributes more than 20 million EUR to the reform of the penitentiary system in Lithuania

Thepenitentiary system in Lithuania is being reformed in line with the Norwegian model by substantially modifying staff training, education, competence building practices and the resocialisation of offenders. The aim is to develop a system of staff competence building that will ensure the successful integration of offenders into society during their sentence term and after release.

The project aimed to improve the quality of the Lithuanian penitentiary system is implemented by the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. A joint project with Norwegian partners, implemented from August 2020 through April 2024, has been awarded more than 20.5 million EUR from EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms programme Justice and Home Affairs 2014-2021. The Central Project Management Agency (CPMA) supervises the Project implementation.

According to Mr Česlovas Jocius, Adviser to the Prison Department, the project will contribute to restructuring the Lithuanian penitentiary staff training system, improve cooperation between institutions, and also set up employment centres for vocational training, education and skill-building for inmates, and facilitate wider use of electronic monitoring of offenders. These factors will significantly contribute to qualitative changes in the national penitentiary system.

"A testing tool to assess penitentiary staff psychological knowledge, teamwork skills, stress resilience and communication skills is under development. The test scores will facilitate the design of individual competence building plans and training needs. Training programmes focused on dynamic security training for officers are also being updated," says Mr. Jocius.

He believes that adequate staff qualification, competence and motivation are the keys to success, which allows for more effective resocialisation of inmates, increased job satisfaction and prestige of the profession, and a balanced and sustainable environment in the overall penitentiary system.

Lithuanian penitentiary staff learn how to create such an environment from their Norwegian colleagues while participating in the training courses and internships in Norway. Professionals from the University College of the Norwegian Correctional Service, Innlandet and Bredveit prisons, Oslo Halfway House and Oslo Probation Service share their experience with the Lithuanian partners: officers from the Training Center of the Prison Department, Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony, Marijampolė Correction House, Alytus Correction House, Kaunas Remand Prison and Lithuanian Probation Service.

Within the framework of the project, a special place is given to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the support they provide to inmates.In seeking closer cooperation between correctional institutions, halfway houses, probation services and non-governmental organisations, a cooperation model will be developed to ensure that inmates are provided with the necessary services for their successful integration into society.

The NGOs will support inmates in correctional facilities or halfway houses to re-adjust to the social environment, obtain the necessary information and access to the social support system, re-establish and strengthen contacts with relatives and family members, to develop capacity for dealing with social and other problems, acquire the skills necessary for integration into the labour market, i.e., to fully facilitate their social integration.

In the short term, the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, within the framework of this project, will launch a call for proposals for projects of non-governmental organisations for the resocialisation of inmates.

About the Justice and Home Affairs programme

The Justice and Home Affairs programme strengthens the rule of law in Lithuania. The Programme instruments increase the efficiency of the Lithuanian judiciary and prosecutor's office, improve the penitentiary system, enhance the competencies of the judiciary and law enforcement authorities and inter-institutional cooperation in the field of domestic and gender-based violence and improve police capacity in the fight against crime. In total, over 40 million EUR has been invested in the programme for the period 2014-2021. The programme is operated by the CPMA and co-implemented with partners.


NGOs Invited to Comment on the Provisions for Selection of Project Proposals

NGOs invited to cooperate: a Call for Proposals will be launched

The Prison Department, implementing the pre-defined project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System(PDP 3) under the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms programme Justice and Home Affairs 2014-2021, is planning to launch a call for proposals for offender resocialisation projects by non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The selected NGO projects are expected to contribute to the provision of necessary support to offenders and to the development of meaningful cooperation between NGOs and prisons.

Representatives of NGOs are invited to submit their comments on the content and provisions of the Call for Proposals for the implementation of the Concept on Cooperation between NGOs and the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania to the e-mail address: valentina.siliuk@kaldep.lt by 29 July 2022 12:00 AM. The feedback provided by NGO representatives will be an excellent starting point for closer cooperation.

More information:https://we.tl/t-Yq3XGP8JC5


 Building new staff skills to address re-offending

“Every single time you help somebody stand up, you are helping humanity rise” – this quote describes best the work of prison and probation resocialisation professionals and its significance. On 10 June, a group of penitentiary staff successfully completed a training course on the use of a new intervention tool for persons at high risk of re-offending organized at the Training Centre of the Prison Department.

The set of rules for conditionally released persons at high risk of re-offending will become a new penitentiary tool to gradually integrate offenders with need for special attitude into society. The tool covers not only intensive social work with the offenders, but also close cooperation between penitentiary establishments and the Lithuanian Probation Service while accompanying the offenders on the path to positive changes.

The training on the new intervention tool was organized within the framework 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. Maren Riis and Stig Solheim, the experts from the Kingdom of Norway, delivered the training and shared their experience.

 Close long-term cooperation with experts from the Norwegian correctional system helps to adopt the best practices of the Kingdom of Norway and implement more efficient behaviour modification methods for offenders.


Knowledge of the Best Norwegian Experience through Training and Practice

The third training and practice in prisons session for trainers/ lecturers took place in the Kingdom of Norway from 3 to 7 April 2022. Staff from Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony, Vilnius Correction House, Training Centre and the Lithuanian Probation Service took part in the training. The training was delivered by the Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System partners from Norway: Ole Stageberg, Associate professor, KRUS and Tone Monkerud, resocialization officer from Bretveit prison; Torunn Hasler, Senior Adviser of International Unit and Lina Ižganaitienė, chief specialist from Resocialization Unit of the Prison Department coordinated the training.

The training was delivered within the framework 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. It aimed to improve the quality of services provided to bring them in line with the European and international human rights standards and to improve the staff competencies.

In the Kingdom of Norway, training participants had a two-day internship at Bredtveit, Oslo Prisons and Kongsvinger Branch, they had an opportunity to observe the work of the contact officers and participate in the shift change process. Many Lithuanian professionals were impressed by the integrated approach of the Norwegian officers towards inmates, and the participants had the opportunity to get involved in the daily activities of a correctional institution. In Norway, one of the most important goals is a positive relationship with an inmate and his/ her engagement in employment. Officers work in direct contact with inmates, discuss simple, everyday topics, but, as they have highlighted, they work professionally and with a good knowledge of the individuals, assessing the potential risks.

The Norwegian experts' way of training encourages participants to engage and reflect. During the training, participants prepared mini-presentations on the topics of dynamic security and changes in the penitentiary system. This workshop method is widely used at the University College of Norwegian Correctional Service, as communication competences, i. e., the ability to speak, to communicate clearly and to know body language expressions, are essential for officers. Professional communication with inmates is the most important tool in an officer's daily work.

Trainers/ lecturers, trained by the Norwegian experts, will disseminate the Norwegian best practices to their Lithuanian colleagues via the digital training films "Dynamic Security", "Professional Officer" and "Changing the Difficult".


Leadership training in Norway

 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 aims to improve the quality of services provided to bring them in line with the European and international human rights standards and to build the management competencies.

On 6-10 March and 20-24 March 2022, 35 senior officials and staff from the Prison Department, Vilnius Correction House and Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony participated in the leadership training organized in the Kingdom of Norway. Kim Ekhaugen, Director of International Unit, Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service, and Torunn Hasler, Senior Adviser of International Unit welcomed and accompanied the participants. The training was delivered by experts Jan Korsvold, Head of Innlandet Region in Norway, Ida Lindmo, Head of the Kongsvinger Unit (Low Security), Innlandet Region in Norway, Kim Wæraas, Head of the Kongsvinger Unit (High Security), Kriminalomsorgen Innlandet Region, Ole Stageberg (Associate professor, KRUS).

During the training, participants learnt how the management strategy and the core value system have been developed and applied in practice in the Norwegian correctional service. The Lithuanian representatives explained the substantial changes envisaged in the draft Code on Enforcement of Sentences of the Republic of Lithuania and the Strategy on Enforcement of Sentences.

During the training, the experts followed the principle that we do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on the experience and from others by reflecting on what is happening. Knowledge, values and ideas develop through interaction.

Jan Korsvold highlighted that for him leadership is a practical discipline. The manager should be at the workplace. He/ she can't just sit at the desk, give instructions and assume that everything will now arrange itself automatically. Leaders in Norway are positive, supportive and sociable. This is motivating. A leader listens, is open to questions and critical feedback from employees; accepts the criticism from subordinates and encourages it to be constructive. This is a common practice in Norway.

A precondition for the dynamic security approach is positive leadership, a manager's willingness to get to know his/ her employees, to know their work, to understand the way they think and to have a good relationship with everyone.

During the visit to Bredtveit Women's Prison, Kongsvinger Prison, the participants witnessed the lively interaction of the managers with both the officers and the inmates. They could watch the values of openness, trust and professionalism in practice.

The Lithuanian colleagues had the opportunity to discuss the values relevant to the Norwegian correctional system. Through small-group discussions and presentations, participants learned that values are the core of leadership and communication, and are therefore of particular importance to any organisation. However, values need to be practised in everyday life, and we want them to be present in our interactions and decision making.

The participants were positive about the training, and it was highlighted that the Norwegian correctional officers feel safe and proud of their work, they focus on developing a culture of trust, both with colleagues and with inmates.

Feedback from one of the participants: “Future and current managers should be less hierarchical, trust their subordinates and be part of a team. We are sorely lacking it these days, and witness kind of fragmentation between the units. In my opinion, it all depends on the policy of the direct managers, the head of the institution”.

The second part of the training in Lithuania is planned for June this year; the participants will prepare the values of leadership in the Lithuanian penitentiary system, management principles and the requirements for managers.


Norwegian experts continue to provide trainings on dynamic security

Within the framework 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 of the Republic of Lithuania continues to organize training and meetings on dynamic security issues. The development of dynamic security is given priority among the other Project activities.

On 14-17 March 2022, a working group set up of the representatives from the Prison Department and Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony had a meeting with the dynamic security experts in Norway. During the visit, the development of the dynamic security training programmes, the content of the Dynamic Security Handbook elaborated by the working group, and the role of contact officers in the development of dynamic security were discussed.

A working group from the Lithuanian penitentiary service, set up at the end of 2020 with changing composition, has been working on the topic: a report was drafted and active discussions with the Norwegian partners have taken place, lots of useful information received. In December 2021, the Concept for the Development of Dynamic Security was approved and the definition of dynamic security proposed by the working group was included in the new draft Code on Enforcement of Sentences.

We have managed to reconcile the attitude of many managers and professionals and have reached a consensus that dynamic security is a working method which should be used by every employee, regardless of what job they have in the penitentiary facility. Dynamic security aims at better understanding inmates, it is a way to manage risks and ensure security through professional relationships and positive communication, and to motivate inmate to make positive change. This approach can improve the overall working environment and the wellbeing of the officers themselves.

During the March meeting with the Lithuanian working group, the Norwegian partners gave a positive assessment of the fruitful cooperation and the development of dynamic security in Lithuania, which is in line with the Council of Europe standards and which ensures compliance with ethical principles.


Train-the-trainers course given by Norwegian partners will enable to train the colleagues

On 19-20 January 2022, the training on dynamic security, a topic of particular relevance to the staff of Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony, Vilnius Correction House and the Training Centre, was organized. The training was conducted by the partners of the Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System from Norway: Ole Stageberg, Assistant Professor at the University College of Norwegian Correctional Service (KRUS), Tone Monkerud, Resocialization officer at Bredvit prison, Ida Lindmo, Head of Innlandet Kongsvinger (low security) branch. This is the second training course for participants seeking to become trainers/lecturers and to adapt and use the Norwegian training films The Good Prison Officer and Dynamic Security.

Following good practice from the Norwegian partners, the participants are getting prepared to lead discussions among their peer groups and use the films to encourage the participants to share their insights and experience to achieve professional excellence and implementation of a dynamic security approach.

The guests from Norway demonstrated a modern way of learning based on reflection, knowledge sharing, discussions, how to employ the resources and experience of the participants, how to organise group work in a way that the participants themselves would actively seek answers, find solutions and learn from their colleagues.

The training aims to train trainers who could continue training other correctional officers in the pilot establishments Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony and Vilnius Correction House. The training is also of great importance as it is linked to the planned and ongoing changes in the penitentiary system and the introduction of the dynamic security approach. It is expected to promote the common understanding of dynamic security among correctional staff, not only facilitating the introduction of this approach but also encouraging officers to implement dynamic security methods more frequently in their daily work.

During the training, the facilitators, even in a short time, demonstrated by their participation, behaviour and communication the most fundamental principles of dynamic security – the importance of positive human relations, respect, ethical and supportive communication, the benefits of cooperation, and tolerance of differences. They shared the challenges and mistakes they face, underlining the inevitable influence of the human factor on security. They highlighted that people are not perfect and everybody can make mistakes and urged to focus not on punishing officers but on analysing the mistakes, reflecting on the events and thus learning lessons for the future.

The participants gave positive feedback and appreciated the time spent with colleagues in a positive, safe and trusting atmosphere. People felt inspired and willing to implement the dynamic security approach in their work.


The Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System was introduced to the Pravieniškės community

On 20 December 2021, the people of Pravieniškės gathered to listen to the representatives of the Prison Department, who introduced the future development of the infrastructure and resocialization of the penitentiary system as a whole, and specifically of a Correction House-Open Prison Colony, which is located at the Pravieniškės site.

“The Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System, which is implemented jointly with partners from the Kingdom of Norway, aims to ensure an effective process of resocialisation of inmates, to develop an effective system of staff vocational education and competence building, as well as to ensure optimum detention conditions and inmate rehabilitation, as well as create working and professional development conditions for staff," - said the Project manager, Jolanta Beliavskienė, when presenting the Project's aims to the Pravieniškės community.

The residents of Pravieniškės were explained about the planned activities for inmates of Pravieniškės Correction House, which includes electrician workshops, landscaping, gardening, driving theory classes, cooking skills training, and the establishment of a Painting and Ceramics Art Studio.

The people gathered in the local municipality were also given an overview of the new facilities to be built and equipped within the framework of the Project implemented with Norwegian partners in Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony.

The residents of Pravieniškės had several questions related to the activities of Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony. They learnt why, in the context of changing sentencing policies, more and more inmates are being allocated to open-type penitentiary facilities, such as halfway houses and open prison colonies. People were involved in lively discussions on cooperation with Pravieniškės Correction House. It was agreed to sign cooperation agreements, and representatives of the Prison Department and Pravieniškės Correction House agreed to have more meetings and discussions with the Pravieniškės community.


Norwegian representatives meet with senior management

On 14-15 December, a group of Norwegian trainers came on a visit to Lithuania. The visit was focused on the training of senior management and the use of educational films produced in Norwegian correctional institutions.

During the visit, the Norwegian representatives met with the management of the Prison Department, took part in discussions with representatives of the Prison Department, Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony, Vilnius Correction House and Training Centre, visited Vilnius Correction House and Pravieniškės Correction House-Open Prison Colony.

The meeting of senior management with the Norwegian partners aimed to present the future activities within the framework of the project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System, discuss the upcoming leadership training programme and workshops, and exchange ideas, suggestions and solutions. The Norwegian representatives shared their experience on how their penitentiary system has evolved: since around 1990, when their prisons were plagued by riots and disturbances, there has been a shift to a dynamic security model, a change in the role of a correctional officer and in the relationship between a correctional officer and inmates.

When giving the presentations, the Norwegian speakers highlighted the need to adopt the best practices of other countries and the importance to adapt them to one's own culture and introducing the most suitable model for Lithuania that would work. Discussions and insights from working officials shall be of great value in achieving the purpose. Senior management has a special role in introducing new operational ways and changing the culture of the organisation, and they need to have the skills, competencies and knowledge of the most appropriate leadership styles. This is precisely what leadership training is designed to cover.

Security issue was also discussed at the meeting. The Norwegian partners highlighted the importance of the human factor and the contribution of each employee to ensuring safety. The upcoming training will include a lot of discussions and reflection on dynamic security while maintaining a balance between static and organisational protection, which are also very important. When it comes to dynamic security, it is important to analyse mistakes and identify the reasons that led to them, in order to avoid unwanted incidents in the future.

One of the key elements of dynamic security is risk assessment, which is why it is necessary to make it possible (place and time) for officers to share information on inmates by scheduling shifts in such a way as to allow for overlapping working hours.

The presentation of the educational films produced in Norwegian correctional institutions and the essence of training of lecturers and trainers for these films were also included in a visit agenda. The most valuable part of the training is when the participants reflect and thus learn from each other's experiences.

In early 2022, a series of meetings-workshops moderated by Norwegian experts will be organised to define senior management competence needs, training guidelines and opportunities for change.


Trainings delivered by the Norwegian partners: work with inmates at high risk of recidivism

On 6-8 December, prison and probation staff participated in a training course focused on the work with inmates at high risk of recidivism and their preparation for conditional release.

The training was organized within the framework of the Project Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service Systemimplemented under the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms programme.

During the training, experts from Norway shared the basic principles of their work, their expertise in working with inmates who have extensive criminal histories and preparing them for conditional release.

Based on the experience of the Kingdom of Norway, intense work with inmates at high risk of recidivism implies close cooperation between prison and probation professionals. Individuals undergoing active preparation for conditional release need to be placed in a separate block of a penitentiary facility, moreover, contacts with a supervising probation officer should be established while in prison and contacts with a prison professional should be maintained even after release.

The experience and insights of the foreign partners are expected to assist indeveloping capacities for the preparation of conditional release applicants and facilitate conditionally released ex-offenders to integrate into society and cope with the challenges they will face outside.


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.

Building new staff skills to address re-offending

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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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