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Kosovo Correctional Service – A Brief Overview

The mission and the aim of the Kosovo Correctional Service is, together in cooperation with all other Justice partners and in full and continuous compliance with the Kosovo laws, to correct and re-socialize prisoners, by respecting their fundamental rights, regardless of their race, language and religion, as well as to provide a safe environment for staff, prisoners and society.

The vision of the KCS is to develop an advanced Correctional Service, which is to function in accordance with the law, and the most advanced international rules and standards.

Kosovo Correctional Service is committed to promotion of equality in all spheres of work and action. It is also dedicated towards a healthy society with an ever-growing emancipation by respecting gender equality, national affiliation, freedom of thought, religion, and social status.

Types of Correctional Facilities

Based on how the prisoners are treated, and the procedures for execution of criminal sanctions, at the KCS there are several types of correctional institutions:

Nr. Correctional Institutions Capacity of Prison
1 High Security Prison 390
2 Correctional Center Dubrava 1109
3 Correctional Center Smrekovnica 200
4 Correctional Center Lipjan (CC for women and juveniles) 120
5 Prishtina Detention Center 295
6 Gjilan  Detention Center 295
7 Prizren  Detention Center 92
8 Peja Detention Center 80
9 Mitrovica Detention Center 79
10 Lipjan Detention Center 100
11 Juvenile Justice Center in Lipjan (open type for juveniles) 40
  Total Number of Prisoners in Correctional Institutions 2,720


Types of Correctional Institutions

Based on the security level, management and treatment of convicted persons, correctional institutions are:

  • Closed-type IK;
  • Semi-open type IK; and
  • Open type IK.

KCS Staff:

KCS staff consists of uniformed staff and civilian staff.

Uniformed staff includes:

  • Prison Director;
  • Deputy Prison Director;
  • Head of Security;
  • Staff working in pavilions;
  • Officers in charge of the visits;
  • Reception and Release Staff;
  • Intervention Staff;
  • Senior Correctional Supervisor;
  • Correctional Supervisor;
  • Correctional Officer.

Civilian staff and support staff is divided into:

  • Department leaders;
  • Division leaders;
  • Senior officials;
  • Officials; and
  • Assistants.

Security

A prison’s duty is to provide constant protection for everyone, beginning when an inmate is admitted and continues until their ultimate release. And all these activities and operations are tightly connected with the three following Components of Prison Safety and Security.

  • Security;
  • Operations;
  • Technology.

Economic Unit:

The Kosovo Correctional Service conducts its own economic activity in three Corrective Centers: Dubravë, Smrekonica and Lipjan.

Staff Training

The Kosovo Correctional Service is going through a phase of major changes, such as management, training, rehabilitation and resocialisation of prisoners.

Main focus points:

  1. Management;
  2. Middle Management;
  3. IT Training;
  4. Public Relationships.

KCS Production:

KCS has different kind of production within its facilities and produces only for KCS institutions:

  1. Tailoring
  2. Carpentry
  3. Renovation of facilities
  4. Agriculture
  5. Printing and design
  6. Metal work
  7. Electric trainings
  8. IT trainings
  9. Hydro-installation trainings


Published on: 09/09/2019

Author: Aleksandar Petrov, Communications Officer, ICPA