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Computers Banned in Prisons in Iceland

Due to repeated violations of the rules on the use of computers in prison in Iceland, computers will be banned in all prisons in the country from January 15, 2014. It is also being looked into whether weights used for weight lifting should be banned from prisons. Loose weights were banned two years ago.

litlahraun_psLitla-Hraun prison. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

According to Páll Winkel, director general of the Prison and Probation Administration, inmates who are enrolled in courses can apply to have a laptop during the day.

RÚV reports that inmates have been using Facebook, despite it being banned, or have been sending threatening or improper messages.

Warden at Litla-Hraun prison, Margrét Frímannsdóttir, said that it is important to offer exercise in prison. “It has done many a lot of good to go to the gym and get a release. We can of course reconsider the gym equipment available, to not just have equipment to build muscle mass.”


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