Minister for the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson broke the ground to mark the formal start of construction of a new prison at Hólmsheiði on the outskirts of Reykjavík in Southwest Iceland.
Litla-Hraun prison, South Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefansson/Iceland Review.
The new prison will have a capacity for 56 prisoners and will include a special department for female inmates, mbl.is reports.
The prison will relieve pressure off the prison on Skólavörðustígur in Reykjavík and in Kópavogur.
A competition is being run for the decoration of the prison. Applications are being accepted until May 17.