The State Prison Administration of Iceland was yesterday forced to turn down a request by police for remedial custody because all Icelandic prisons are full. This is the first time in at least two decades that this situation comes up, RÚV online reports.
The shortcomings of Icelandic prisons have been in the spotlight recently. Lack of space is reported to be a serious problem, and many facilities are considered inadequate. Also criticized is the lack of rehabilitation opportunities for prisoners, particularly those dealing with alcohol and drug addiction.