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Agder prison was officially opened on June 29 by Minister of Justice Ms. Monica Mæland. The new unit has got 100 places and represents a modernization of the Norwegian Correctional Service in the area of digitalization.
New digital alternatives will provide the prison with better control of the inmates as well as the visitors. These digital solutions also play an important role when reintegrating the inmates into society after they have served their sentence.
The prison offers digital self-service for both inmates, staff, and visitors. The inmates can access digital services, which have not been available to them earlier. Now the inmates can communicate digitally with family and relatives. When receiving visitors, family and relatives can register online. They can also deposit money to the inmates.
Rehabilitation and reintegration are amongst the most important tasks for the Correctional Service. In Agder prison, we will introduce new methods and brand new digital solutions, which will contribute to further development of the Norwegian correctional service. Agder prison is a model for the future, and as we go along we will make use of the experiences from Agder into other parts of the correctional service, says Lise Sannerud, Director General, Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service.
The staff looks forward to working in Agder Prison. Staff from all levels have been involved in the process, which helps them feel safe at their workplace, she says.
Facts and figures:
Facts about Agder prison – Mandal unit
The total capacity for Agder prison will be 300 places. Unit Mandal will have 100 places and Unit Froland will have 200. Both units consist of brand new buildings.
Published on: 15 July 2020