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The Norwegian Correctional Service and Statsbygg propose to close 16 prisons – Mehl says no

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Sem prison is among the institutions proposed to be closed in the report. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Of NTB | 22.04.2024 14:10:28

Crime and justice: The background is that there is a large maintenance backlog in the sector, and that forecasts have been made regarding the needs for prison capacity in the long term.

The proposal means that four prisons are also built on new sites, and that 23 prisons and transitional housing are kept as they are today.

However, Justice and Emergency Services Minister Emilie Enger Mehl (Sp) rejects that 16 prisons should be closed as proposed in the report.

– This is not relevant now. Prisons such as Fauske, Kragerø, Kongsvinger and Ålesund are important workplaces and contribute to a prison structure with a wide range of services. The exception is Hamar, where, in line with local wishes, we have announced closure when a new prison is ready at Ilseng in a few years, says Mehl in a press release.

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