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Akureyri prison to be renovated

The prison facilities in Akureyri, Iceland’s northern capital, are to be improved. The prison’s current situation is not acceptable, according to Valtýr Sigurdsson, who is in charge of the detention facilities in Iceland.

“Either the prison had to be closed down or reconstructed according to modern standards, there was no other option,” Sigurdsson told Fréttabladid.

“Not much could be done there due to the lack of facilities, the outdoor facilities were limited and there were no facilities for work or visitation. Therefore I truly celebrate these changes,” Sigurdsson said.

The condition of detention facilities in Iceland is considered unsatisfactory in general, and the Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs has been working on improvements and on enlarging the prisons.

According to numbers from Statistics Iceland, about 100 detainees are kept in Iceland’s prisons every year, eight of which are in north Iceland. After the renovation there will be room for two more convicts in the Akureyri prison.

The estimated cost of the improvements is ISK 227.9 million (USD 3.5 million, EUR 2.6 million).

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